• Twitter Handle:
• My position with AOS:
Editor-in-Chief of The Auk: Ornithological Advances
• My current full-time title and institution:
Vice Provost for Research, City University of New York
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Profs. Paul Sherman and Stephen Emlen, Cornell University: PhD mentors
I place 3d printed eggs into bird nests to figure out why they reject or tolerate brood parasites
• My favorite bird and why:
The Brown-headed Cowbird is nature’s marvel—it looks like a blackbird and acts like a (parasitic) cuckoo.
• I am involved with AOS because:
I received a lot of support from fellow ornithologists during my years. I’d love to give back through the AOS.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
The best part of AOS is the annual meeting. Great friends, great research, and unapologetically bird-themed.
• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are important to me. They just are. It’s who I have been since I was 5 years old.
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Try to image what a bird would think when you design your study. Assume that they know as much as you already do—and that should be your starting point
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
How do birds encode imprinted information—where are memories stored in their brains?
• Fun random fact about myself:
I have been to all 50 of these United States. And 70 other countries, too.
• Something else birdy I’d like to share:
Don’t remove cowbird eggs from a nest unless you’re authorized.