Faces of AOS: Joanna Wu Bio

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• My position with AOS:
Diversity and Inclusion Committee member

• My current full-time institution:

• My current career stage:
Early Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Undergrad mentors: Carla Cicero @cheechero and Rauri Bowie of Univ of California, Berkeley.
Masters: Patrick Hart and Donna Delparte of Univ of Hawaii, Hilo.
Professional: Rodney Siegel and Morgan Tingley @mwtingley of Institute for Bird Populations, Chad Wilsey and Nicole Michel @Nicole_Michel of National Audubon Society.

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I troubleshoot scripts until they tell me how change in the environment affects birds.

• My favorite bird and why:
I heard of the California Quail being described as the only bird who wears its tail on its head. I’m going with it.

• I am involved with AOS because:
The ornithology community has been incredibly supportive and nurturing every step of the way from my undergraduate through professional career. I want to give back in what way I can.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
10 years ago there weren’t many others like me at the AOU meeting. With efforts from the Diversity & Inclusion committee, the ornithological community has opened its doors to an amazing diversity of members and the ideas they bring.

• Birds are important to me because:
Birds provide some of the first indications that things are going awry. With their fancy wings, they are among the first taxa to respond to environmental change. Plus, they are living dinosaurs with unbelievable adaptive radiation!

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Go to the AOS and get to know some of these names you’ve been reading about. Professors and professionals are more friendly than you would think!

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
How do some birds that look and sound the same know not to breed with one another, while other birds that don’t seem that similar breed together?


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