Faces of AOS: Erica Dunn Bio

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• My position with AOS:
President (2006-08), service with over a dozen committees

• My current career stage:
Retired from jobs with
Canadian Wildlife Service,
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology,
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Trent University

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
In High School I worked for William H. Drury, Jr., of the Massachusetts Audubon Society — my first and only important mentor.

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
Mostly I work with bird count data from citizen science networks, but also do ‘service ornithology’ (committees and scientific advising) for numerous non-profits. 

• My favorite bird and why:
Red-breasted Nuthatch, because one cached a seed under my toes while I sat reading a book

• I am involved with AOS because:
At meetings I met my first real ornithologists and learned how science was done. The opportunities and friendships that ensued made me want to give back to the organization.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
The friendships and collaborations that have come from years of participating in meetings.

• Birds are important to me because:
They are visible without a microscope, you can study them anywhere at any time of year, they’re an excuse to get outdoors, and bird migration is amazing

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Ornithology is great for work-life balance. You can do publishable research under almost any circumstances of employment, parent-hood or physical ability.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Affordable technology for tracking migration routes, speed and stopover locations for thousands of individuals and species. (Getting there!)

• Fun random fact about myself:
I’ve camped overnight in every state in continental U.S.


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