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• My position with AOS:
Diversity Committee Member
Early Professionals Committee Member
• My current full-time title and institution:
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Vicki Friesen (PhD, Queen’s University)
Irby Lovette (Postdoc, Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
I look at the mixed-up genomes of bird hybrids to understand what makes species different.
• My favorite bird and why:
Light-mantled sooty albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata). They have a classy getup and were great company crossing the Drake Passage.
• I am involved with AOS because:
To play my part in the support and retention of a diversity of ornithologists.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Playing an active role in a society that has supported me throughout my career.
• Birds are important to me because:
Birds were among the first creatures I experienced as a child that inspired me to look more closely at the natural world. They drove my curiosity as a kid, and still do.
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Be curious and don’t worry about having a linear path through academia.
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
I’d like to understand the mechanisms that maintain species barriers between birds that hybridize in nature.
• Fun random fact about myself:
My first foray into birds was a poorly illustrated field guide to the birds at my backyard feeder when I was four years old.