Faces of AOS: Danielle Belleny Bio

• Email:
ybelleny@gmail.com

• Twitter Handle:
@bellzetal

• My position with AOS:
Communications Committee member

• My current full-time title and institution:
Graduate Research Assistant, Tarleton State University

• My current career stage:
Graduate Student

• 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

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
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