Faces of AOS: Scott Stoleson Bio

Scott Stoleson banding swamp sparrows

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• My position with AOS:
Student Research Awards Committee

• My current full-time title and institution:
Research Wildlife Ecologist, USDA Forest Service,
Northern Research Station

• My current career stage:
Mid-Career Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Undergrad: Dartmouth College — advisor: Richard Holmes
Graduate School: Yale University — advisor: Steve Beissinger

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I research anthropogenic effects on birds and suggest mitigation strategies so we can continue destroying things but still have birds

• My favorite bird and why:
Northern Goshawk. Why? Ever see one?

• I am involved with AOS because:
It is the largest and most prestigious ornithological society in the world

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Engaging with other bird-brains

• Birds are important to me because:
Birds provide the best examples of evolutionary radiation, behavioral and physiological adaptions, and warning signs of unhealthy ecosystems

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Experience multiple systems, explore multiple questions, and then find a good graduate advisor

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Why do we even have Starlings in North America?

• Fun random fact about myself:
I’ve been chased by white-tipped sharks. Not fun.