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• My position with AOS:
Early Professional Committee Member and Subcommittee — Professional Development Co-Chair
• My current full-time title and institution:
Quantitative Ecologist, Biodiversity Research Institute
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Masters- Peter Frederick at the University of Florida
Ph.D. – Brian Olsen at the University of Maine.
Post-doc – Beth Gardner at the University of Washington.
I want to know how birds respond to environmental change. So I get help counting birds from a bunch of people, figure out who is the best at counting birds, then correct everybody’s counts and figure out why bird populations change.
• My favorite bird and why:
The Blackpoll Warbler because they fly for three days over the open ocean and are tiny.
• I am involved with AOS because:
I am interested in both bird conservation and science and the AOS is an organization that is committed to both.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
The community of excellent scientists and the learning I get to do with them.
• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are beautiful animals that tell us really interesting and important things about how the world works. I like to like to do research on them so we can understand those things better and also do the best possible job of keeping the current diversity of birds on this planet.
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Find a great mentor who can both get you excited about science but also turn that passion into great science.
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
I’d like to better understand how birds are going to adapt to climate change and non-analog climates.