Faces of AOS: Emily B. Cohen Bio

Emily Cohen banding a red-eyed vireo

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• Website/Blog/Etc:

• My position with AOS:
Communications Committee Member

• My current full-time title and institution:
Research Associate, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

• My current career stage:
Early Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
MS in Zoology at Michigan State University with Catherine Lindell
PhD in Biology at University of Southern Mississippi with Frank Moore
Postdoc at Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center with Pete Marra

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I study bird migration and I never see any birds. The birds I study are dots on screens & records in data files

• My favorite bird and why:
What is your favorite bird?! Unfair question for ornithology type! I will go with migratory birds because they make an extraordinary lifestyle look simple!

• I am involved with AOS because:
AOS has been my professional home since I began in ornithology. Member Benefits were journals & grants now are connections, advocacy & professional info. 

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Best part of AOS membership is exposure to great ornithology science & supportive professional community.

• Birds are important to me because:
It’s our connection with the natural world that the future of both humanity and the natural world will depend. And it is, surely, our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth. -paraphrased from David Attenborough

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Science is about solving important mysteries & diverse perspectives/skills needed. Your unique point of view is valuable.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Are we inflating the cost of being a migratory animal. If so, how? Are we going to be able to draw these big syntheses in time, while these birds are still common?

• Fun random fact about myself:
I grew up in Hoot Owl Hallow.