Faces of AOS: John Bates Bio

John Bates teaching in Malawi
John Bates teaching about birds in Malawi

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• My position with AOS:
Collections Committee member

• My current full-time title and institution:
The Field Museum

• My current career stage:
Mid-Career Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Undergrad., Masters: Stephen Russell, University of Arizona
PhD.: Robert Zink, Louisiana State University
Post Doc.: George Barrowclough, American Museum of Natural History

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
With my wife, I curate an incredible collection of dead birds. We work globally to understand how birds are evolving.

• My favorite bird and why:
Campo Miner (Geositta poeciloptera) used to be in Geobates. Burned grassland specialist of the Cerrado.

• I am involved with AOS because:
I love birds and evolution

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Keeping up with colleagues and ornithological research

• Birds are important to me because:
They are everywhere and everyone can appreciate them and the amazing things they do

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Give talks not posters after you’ve done one poster

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Why do Ring-billed Gulls all forage a meter apart from one another in grassy areas?

• Fun random fact about myself:
My grandfather discovered prolactin in pigeons