• Twitter Handle:
Home Page: http://profiles.forestry.ubc.ca/person/kathy-martin/
Centre for Alpine Studies: http://alpine.forestry.ubc.ca/
• My position with AOS:
• My current full-time title and institution:
Professor, University of British Columbia
Senior Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
-University of Prince Edward Island, Biology Department, Ian MacQuarrie, undergrad
– University of Alberta, Dept of Zoology, Fred Zwickel, MSc
– Queen’s University, Biology Department, Fred Cooke, PhD
– University of Alberta, Dept of Biological Sciences, Susan Hannon, PDF
– Oxford University, Edward Grey Institute and Uppsala University, PDF sabbaticals
– John Eadie and Susan Hannon, Mentors
I study how birds solve the problems of living in high alpine habitats, and how others acquire tree cavities for nesting – tangled nestwebs
• My favorite bird and why:
Ptarmigan are enigmatic and so tough. They can disappear in their alpine habitats year round. Their name acquired a silent P in 1684
• I am involved with AOS because:
I consider AOS my professional family. I gave my first talk at AOU as an MSc student and have been hooked ever since.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Meeting Friends, and seeing how people progress in their careers, develop their study system or evolve to new systems or questions
• Birds are important to me because:
So fascinating to watch individual birds throughout their lifetimes, as they arrive in spring, nest, rear young and then off to winter areas
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Try studying birds for your undergrad or MSc, and you will be hooked for life!
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Global and local patterns of how birds solve the problem of living in mountains, and how they will cope with climate change.
• Fun random fact about myself:
Travelled to all 7 continents. Same suitcase!
• Something else birdy I’d like to share:
Have had two research programs throughout my career, alpine bird life history and cavity nesting bird community dynamics, have never been able to give up one of them!