Faces of AOS: Dan Mennill Bio

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Dan Mennill in the field recording bird songs

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• My position with AOS:
Associate Editor at Condor
Chair of Student Membership Awards

• My current full-time title and institution:
University of Windsor

Dan Mennill_1• My current career stage:
Mid-Career Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Laurene Ratcliffe (PhD)
Geoff Hill (Postdoc; @Geoffrey_E_Hill)
Sandy Vehrencamp (Postdoc)

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I record the voices of birds in the temperate zone and the tropics, to try and understand their behaviour and ecology

• My favorite bird and why:
Rufous-and-white Wren… Since 2003 my students and I have been studying their behavioural ecology in Costa Rica

• I am involved with AOS because:
AOS oversees two important journals and hosts important… and fun… annual meetings

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Attending the annual meetings; publishing in our journals; helping to promote the science of ornithology

• Birds are important to me because:
Birds have the most complex voices in the animal kingdom

Dan Mennill_3• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Spend as much time as possible observing birds in the wild… and keep a microphone handy

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
What forces promote the evolution of female song and duetting in birds?

• Fun random fact about myself:
I am married to ornithologist Stéphanie Doucet