Faces of AOS: W. Douglas Robinson Bio

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• My position with AOS:
Chair, International Committee

• My current full-time title and institution:
Bob and Phyllis Mace Professor, Oregon State University

• My current career stage:
Mid-Career Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
George H. Waring (masters)
Scott K. Robinson (PhD)
Jeffrey D. Brawn (PhD)

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I time travel with birds. Count and map birds now. Archive the data. 100 years from now someone else will do it again and thank me.

• My favorite bird and why:
The one with feathers. They are all interesting.

• I am involved with AOS because:
The most important and active bird society on the planet.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Associating with kindred souls.

• Birds are important to me because:
I cannot help it. I am just designed to think they are important. In the same way Trump thinks money and getting his way are important. 😉

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Read, read, read, read. Then start writing and never stop.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
How many birds on the planet?

• Fun random fact about myself:
I won first place in 6 athletic events at school in 5th grade. Sounds great, except that it was a special athletic event for the kids who were not away from school that week at the regional track competition.