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• My position with AOS:
Communications Committee member
• My current full-time title and institution:
Graduate Research Assistant, Tarleton State University
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (undergraduate)
Tarleton State University (graduate) mentors – Dr. Heather Mathewson, Dr. Jeff Breeden, Dr. John Tomecek, Dr. Thomas Wayne Schwertner, Dr. Jim Giocomo
I give bobwhite cute necklaces that allow me to secretly track their birdy habits. They lead me to their nests where I further invade their privacy by putting up surveillance cameras (to watch for predators, totally not a creep).
• My favorite bird and why:
Shoebill – Terrifying and glowering swamp bosses that have razor-sharp bills. They eat monitor lizards and baby crocodiles… that means shoebills are dinosaur-eating dinosaurs. What’s not to love?
• I am involved with AOS because:
To be involved with avian research and meet colleagues
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Being able to join committees and help improve the AOS experience for other members
• Birds are important to me because:
I especially like to reflect on the beauty and personality birds add to an ecosystem. Birds are very charismatic and when I visit new places there is a unique energy provided by the species present.
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
You’re capable of more than you give yourself credit for
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Ways to reduce avian fatalities from renewable energy structures