Faces of AOS: Alan Brush Bio

Alan Brush and scrub jay

• Email:
Featherbrush921@gmail.com

• My position with AOS:
Fellow, Patron, ex-editor The AUK,
Marion Mengel Award

• My current career stage:
Retired

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Tom Howell, GA Bartholomew (UCLA)
CG Sibley (Cornell)

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
Feathers, feathers, feathers: carotenoid pigment structure and metabolism; protein structure and evolution

• My favorite bird and why:
The last one I’ve seen and the next one in view; coming up with a proper response to the next question someone asks about birds.

• I am involved with AOS because:
My professional society, the main conduit for communication with colleagues and friends, opportunities for growth professionally & personally

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Respect for peers, guiding students, learning, social events

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Stay curious, call your mom

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Development and regulation of feather and plumage patterns

• Fun random fact about myself:
I like to play golf.

 

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