Faces of AOS: Scott Taylor Bio

Scott Taylor with a chestnut-sided warbler in the hand

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• Website/Blog/Etc:

• 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:
Early Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Vicki Friesen (PhD, Queen’s University)
Irby Lovette (Postdoc, Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I look at the mixed-up genomes of bird hybrids to understand what makes species different.

Light-mantled sooty albatross. Photo by Scott Taylor

• 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.