Faces of AOS: Katie Dugger Bio

Katie Dugger weighing ADPE chick
Katie Dugger weighing an adelei penguin chick

• My position with AOS:
Council Member

• My current full-time title and institution:
Assistant Unit Leader/Associate Professor, U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Dept. Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University

• My current career stage:
Mid-career Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
M.S. Degree: Dr. Leigh Fredrickson
Ph.D. Degree: Dr. Mark Ryan, Dr. John Faaborg
Post-doc: Dr. John Faaborg, Dr. Robert Anthony, Dr. Eric Forsman, Dr. David Ainley

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I follow around banded birds year after year (hopefully). I then use math on the computer to learn how and why population sizes change.

• My favorite bird and why:
Male Common Yellowthroat: because they are cheeky little bandits!

• I am involved with AOS because:
It is important to provide service and leadership to our professional organizations as these organizations are only what we make them.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
The increased opportunities for professional interactions and collaborations, and dissemination of research through journal publications and annual meetings.

• Birds are important to me because:
They reflect everything that is best about the natural world: beauty, diversity, energy, timelessness, freedom, and splendor.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Follow your curiosity so that you are always passionate about your work. Hard work will then come easy and success will follow.

• Fun random fact about myself:
I have been to Antarctica 13 times.