Faces of AOS: Carla Cicero Bio

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• My position with AOS:
Member of North American Checklist, Collections, Communications, AOS-BNA Liaison committees; former AOU Council and COS Board member,
and service on multiple other committees

Carla Cicero with Vermilion Flycatcher specimens

• My current full-time title and institution:
Staff Curator of Birds, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

• My current career stage:
Senior Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Ned K. Johnson (PhD), which makes me the academic great-granddaughter of Joseph Grinnell

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I study how bird species evolve, and promote the value, care, and use of museum collections for research and education.

• My favorite bird and why:
I love all birds, but if I had to pick I would choose corvids because of their intelligence, curiosity, and attitude.

• I am involved with AOS because:
I enjoy working with great people who share a love for birds. It’s rewarding to contribute, and it has helped me advance professionally.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Being part of a community focused on research and conservation of birds, and interacting with colleagues and friends at the annual meetings.

• Birds are important to me because:
Because life would not be the same without them. They are beautiful and fun to watch, and everyone can appreciate that.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Follow your passion and find a supportive mentor.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
A robust and stable phylogeny for all birds.

• Fun random fact about myself:
I have a master’s in landscape architecture (I wanted to make life better for urban birds, then realized that I really wanted to work in more natural areas).

• Something else birdy I’d like to share:
A note to students: You are the future of ornithology – get involved in AOS!