Faces of AOS: Mike Webster Bio

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• Website/Blog/Etc:

• My position with AOS:
Co-Chair, Meetings Coordination Committee

• My current full-time title and institution:
Robert G Engel Professor of Ornithology, Cornell University
Director, Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

• My current career stage:
Senior Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
I worked as an undergraduate with Jack Bradbury (then at UCSD), then went on to obtain my PhD from Cornell University with Stephen Emlen and Paul Sherman as my co-advisors. After obtaining my PhD, I went on to do a postdoc with Stephen Pruett-Jones at the University of Chicago.

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I try to understand why birds look and sound the way they do, and I also am in charge of the world’s largest museum of animal behavior.

• My favorite bird and why:
Montezuma Oropendola, because of their amazing nests and fantastic displays!

• I am involved with AOS because:
The AOS is working hard to facilitate ornithological research and training, both of which are critical in this era.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Being able to rub elbows with other great and passionate researchers.

• Birds are important to me because:
Can you imagine a world without them? I can’t.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Find a project that stirs your passions, but is also doable!

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
What leads to the diversification of song and plumage signals?

• Fun random fact about myself:
I am a certified mixologist.


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