Faces of AOS: Alice Boyle Bio

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Alice Boyle with a Manakin

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• Website/Blog/Etc:

• My position with AOS:
Chair of the Publications Committee

• My current full-time title and institution:
Assistant Professor, Kansas State University

• My current career stage:
Early Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
PhD student at the U. Arizona co-advised by Judie Bronstein and Courtney Conway.
Post-doc mentored by Chris Guglielmo (Western) and Kathy Martin (UBC) with additional forays into labs of Ryan Norris (Guelph) and Dave Winkler (Cornell).
I wasn’t in biology before my PhD.

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
Birds go away, some stay–why? I also persuade impressionable youth to do the same, and ask for $$ to keep asking

• My favorite bird and why:
RAVENS for smarts, wilderness homes, play. WHITE-RUFFED MANAKINS because I can almost think like one by now

• I am involved with AOS because:
To help disseminate best science from diverse ornithologists thru good publishing models

• Birds are important to me because:
my connection to natural world, acoustic and visual beauty, intriguing private lives

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Do what you love as well as you can, take responsibility for your own education, carefully observe nature, make time to play

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
the weight vs. distance vs. battery life problem for tracking devices of tiny birds

• Fun random fact about myself:
I play fiddle and viola… once did it professionally, now travel the country with my band to play for dances

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