• My position with AOS:
• My current full-time title and institution:
Unit Leader, USGS Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; Courtesy Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Francie Cuthbert, University of Minnesota (PhD)
I mentor graduate students. Which sadly means I now spend more time in front of a computer than behind binoculars.
• My favorite bird and why:
How can one pick a favorite bird?
• I am involved with AOS because:
I have been a member of ornithological societies since I was a graduate student, including the predecessors of the AOS. I strongly believe in service to our societies.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Providing mentorship to future ornithologists and camaraderie with other bird nerds.
• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are amazing in so many ways. I cannot imagine a world without their myriad colors and incredible songs.
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Don’t be afraid of new experiences, whether is it working on something outside your comfort zone or traveling to new places.
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
All things migration.
• Fun random fact about myself:
I am addicted to knitting. I can even knit birds.