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• My position with AOS:
Chair, Membership committee
• My current full-time title and institution:
Assistant Professor, Lafayette College
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Undergraduate: Bowdoin College (Nat Wheelwright) Masters: Boise State University (Al Dufty, Jr.)
Ph.D.: Arizona State University (Kevin McGraw)
I watch how birds respond when I annoy them.
• My favorite bird and why:
Black-capped chickadee. They don’t seem to mind winter storms, and when they’re trapped in a mist-net, they look you in the eye before they bite you.
• I am involved with AOS because:
I can learn about physiology, behavior, genetics, and evolution all at one meeting. Also, the colleagues I’ve met through the AOS provide both professional development and a home society.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
These inter-personal networks persist; the AOS meetings provide a great time to learn, brainstorm, and play – all with people that are interesting and approachable.
• Birds are important to me because:
They’re dinosaurs, and that’s awesome. I can honestly say I get paid to work with dinosaurs.
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Listen. Speak up. Listen some more. Speak up again. And set your own career goals – don’t let anyone else do it for you.
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Understanding the post-fledgling period a LOT better.
• Fun random fact about myself:
I pole vaulted in college. I’ve also had dinner in a salt mine … while an orchestra played. I also once held my breath for 2 minutes, 27 seconds. I’ve also rated 86 tequilas, and yes – I use a spreadsheet.