• Twitter Handle:
• My position with AOS:
Chair of Student Affairs Committee
• My current full-time title and institution:
Graduate Student, Cornell University
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Kevin Burns, San Diego State University, M.Sc.
Irby Lovette, Cornell University, PhD
I study why there are so many species of birds and why species and individuals look different. Museum specimens and DNA help.
• My favorite bird and why:
Common Loon: I like the black and white aesthetic. Growing up in Minnesota, I remember hearing its bizarre call on wooded lakes. Nostalgia!
• I am involved with AOS because:
Involvement in AOS allows me to contribute to a multigenerational legacy of studying and conserving birds.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Exposure to the breadth of research addressed by ornithologists. Annual meetings!
• Birds are important to me because:
Exposure to the breadth of research done by ornithologists and networking opportunities across disciplines.
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Be resilient in seeking funding and publishing your work. Let rejections roll off your back like water off the dorsum of an eider.
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
How many times have silly walks convergently evolved in birds?
• Fun random fact about myself:
I prefer Twizzlers to Red Vines.