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