Faces of AOS: Phil Stouffer Bio

Phil Stouffer showing an LSU class a Henslow’s Sparrow. Photo by graduate student, Cameron Rutt.

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• Website/Blog/Etc:

• My position with AOS:
Editor-in-Chief, The Condor: Ornithological Applications

• My current full-time title and institution:
Professor, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University

• My current career stage:
Somewhere between mid-career and dinosaur

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
PhD at Rutgers with Harry Power
Post-doc at Rutgers with Don Caccamise
Post-doc at the Smithsonian with Rob Bierregaard and Tom Lovejoy, based at the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project in Manaus, Brazil

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I stay out of my students’ way while they figure out stuff about birds.

• My favorite bird and why:
C’mon- no such thing as an overall favorite. Secretary-bird? Great Blue Turaco? Resplendent Quetzal? White-plumed Antbird? Wood Thrush?

• I am involved with AOS because:
Ornithologists are my tribe.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
I love birds, so it is great to be involved with an organization centered on the science of ornithology.

• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are beautiful, and they do amazing things that we can see every day. I can’t imagine a world (or a day) without birds.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Learn skills, learn birds, have fun.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
I’d like to know where Seaside Sparrows go when a hurricane approaches.

• Fun random fact about myself:
I can juggle, and I can ride a unicycle. But I don’t juggle and ride a unicycle at the same time, because that would make me a clown.

• Something else birdy I’d like to share:
My personal nerdy birding challenge for 2017 is to see how many species I can detect on self-propelled outings from my home.