• Twitter Handle:
• My position with AOS:
AOS Council, COS Transition Team,
Student Travel Presentation Awards Committee, Vice-Chair
• My current full-time title and institution:
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
David Foster & Richard T.T. Forman (undergrad)
Mark Whittingham & Andy Gosler (Masters)
Steve Beissinger (PhD)
David Wilcove & Rodney Siegel (postdoc)
Environment changes, birds move, people observe: lots of uncertainty, I deal with it all
• My favorite bird and why:
Since the very moment I learned about them, I’ve thought kakapos were just the darnedest thing. I mean, right?
• I am involved with AOS because:
I wear many disciplinary hats as a scientist, but I’ve always felt most at home with ornithologists. Being a part of AOS is a team effort.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Student Quiz Bowl night at the annual conference, either as an observer or participant.
• Birds are important to me because:
To me, birds bring joy, discovery, and excitement every day of my life
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
If you’re seeking ornithology advice, don’t underestimate the power of mentors. But no mentor is perfect, so collect ‘em all.
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
I would love to know how to best encourage and cultivate an interest in birds among future generations of potential ornithologists.
• Fun random fact about myself:
I improbably saw my very first Ivory Gull and my very first Carolina Chickadee on the same day within 5 miles of each other.