Faces of AOS: Sharon Gill Bio

• Email:
sharon.gill@wmich.edu

• Twitter Handle:
@birdsoundscapes

• Website/Blog/Etc:
http://birdsoundscapes.wixsite.com
/gilllabwmu

• My position with AOS:
Assistant Editor for The Auk
Member of AOS Student Research Awards Committee
Chair, Scientific Program for the 2017 AOS-SCO-SOC meeting

• My current full-time title and institution:
Associate professor at Western Michigan University

• My current career stage:
Mid-Career Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Spencer Sealy (undergrad, MSc, University of Manitoba)
Bridget Stutchbury (PhD, York University)
Michaela Hau (postdoc, Princeton)

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I record sounds of birds and the environment. Sounds tell me things – why birds make sounds & how human activities affect them

• My favorite bird and why:
When I teach ornithology, id’ing my favorite bird becomes a running joke with my class. Apparently every species I mention is my favorite…

• I am involved with AOS because:
I’ve been a member since my MSc and it’s the society I feel most connected to.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Being part of a community which has really diverse research interests, but with a common focus on birds.

• Birds are important to me because:
When I hear birds, I feel that nature is with me. Birds make me feel connected to the larger world.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Find a mentor who interested in your goals and helps you to reach them.
Work hard. Play hard.
Be kind.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
How do we develop public concern and political will to stop and reverse species declines and extinctions?

• Fun random fact about myself:
I’m studying metal sculpture. Ask me about welding!

 

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