Faces of AOS: Amelia-Juliette Demery Bio

• Email:

• Twitter Handle:

• Website/Blog/Etc:

• My position with AOS:
Student Affairs Committee, Chair
Diversity and Inclusion Committee member

• My current full-time title and institution:
Master’s Candidate, San Diego State University

• My current career stage:
Graduate Student

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Undergraduate – A. Kristopher Lappin, C.S.U. Pomona
Master’s Degree – Kevin J. Burns, San Diego State University
Independent side project – Scott Edwards, Harvard University
PhD – Irby J. Lovette, Cornell University

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I like beaks, speciation, and ecology. I spend most hours measuring dead things, analyzing dead things, and going, “WOAH, that’s cool.”

• My favorite bird and why:
White-tailed Kite. Picture a beautiful piece of gray and white origami with life breathed into it. And then tack on some killer red eyes.

• I am involved with AOS because:
Being a part of the AOS makes me feel like the work I do actually benefits people and a mission larger than myself.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
I am part of an awesome community that improves every year in many aspects of societal progression. What’s not to love about bird people?

• Birds are important to me because:
I think birds are the best tool to inspire people about nature, especially if someone can’t experience nature due to disadvantages in life.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Always ask questions! Never listen to people who say you’re doing too much, especially if you’re having fun.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
All the ticking parts that influence how bill morphology and pigmentation work. Plus what happens when we view it across diverse taxa.

• Fun random fact about myself:
I am ambidextrous in my feet. And I am a dungeon master. 😀

• Something else birdy I’d like to share:
Contact me if you want to participate in the Student Affairs Committee!

AOS Diversity Survey – Participation Requested

4 April 2017

Dear members of the American Ornithological Society:

IMG_1027-X3 copyThe AOS is embarking on a new effort to increase diversity and inclusion in our Society.  Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this anonymous survey to help us understand our current diversity and develop strategies for becoming a more diverse and inclusive Society.  Feel free to send the link to other colleagues who may not be current members of AOS.  Please complete the survey by April 30.

Thank you in advance for your time.


 Steve Beissinger, President, American Ornithological Society


Kevin Omland, Chair, AOS Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

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News Release: American Ornithological Society (AOS) Takes Flight

Contact: Melinda Pruett-Jones
American Ornithological Society, Executive Director
Email: mpruettjones@americanornithology.org
Mobile: 312-420-2292

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New Organization Dedicated to the Study and Conservation of Birds in the Americas

CHICAGO, IL (December 19, 2016) – Two of the oldest and most influential professional ornithological societies in the world have legally merged, forming the American Ornithological Society (AOS), an organization devoted to advancing research focused on birds in the Western Hemisphere, promoting their conservation, and training the next generation of scientists.

Nearly 3,000 members of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society approved the merger earlier this year in association with the North American Ornithological Conference held in Washington D.C. Under the leadership of executive director Melinda Pruett-Jones, AOS is based in Chicago at the Field Museum of Natural History. For more information on the new AOS and the merger process, visit www.americanornithology.org.

“Over the past six years we have actively collaborated as separate organizations: meeting together, publishing our journals jointly and working together to benefit the conservation of birds. After fact-finding and due diligence, and in response to the tremendous positive feedback from our membership, I am proud to announce a single merged society that will advance ornithology by combining our assets – human, financial and intellectual,” said AOS president Steven Beissinger.

The largest ornithological society in the Western Hemisphere, AOS produces scientific publications of the highest quality, hosts intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings, serves ornithologists at every career stage, pursues a global perspective, and informs public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections. AOS assets now exceed $10 million in support of ornithology, and it will invest nearly $1 million to advance its mission in its first year as a merged society.

The new organization is undertaking new initiatives to help students, early professionals and international members and to address the needs of scientists, academics and conservation professionals in advancing knowledge, not only in the Western Hemisphere but across the globe. AOS also recently launched a program to encourage members to reach out to their local communities and showcase ornithology as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field students might not have considered.

“The society is redoubling past efforts to prepare future generations of scientists and conservation leaders. Success requires a multi-dimensional approach that integrates science, new technologies, public policy and citizen outreach; works with other ornithological and scientific communities; and collaborates with local, state, federal and international government entities,” said former American Ornithologists’ Union president Susan Haig, who began the merging effort in 2010.

“AOS is distinguished by its tremendous collective expertise, eminent scientists, conservation practitioners, early career innovators, and students. The society will especially focus on attracting diversity in the profession,” said former Cooper Ornithological Society president Martin Raphael.

The first meeting of the new AOS will be held July 31 to August 5, 2017 on the campus of Michigan State University.

About the American Ornithological Society

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for bird conservation. AOS publishes two international journals—The Auk: Ornithological Advances, which has one of the highest scientific impact rankings among ornithological journals worldwide, and The Condor: Ornithological Applications—as well as the book series Studies in Avian Biology. AOS also sponsors Birds of North America in partnership with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The society’s checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in the Americas.

For more information, visit www.americanornithology.org.

Student Presentation Award Winners

Each year we are proud to recognize students who have given outstanding presentations at the annual meeting (this year, held at the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington DC).

In 2016 AOU honored Allison Lansverk, Laura Farwell, Ping Huang, Nick Sly, and Gunnar Kramer. Read about the AOU awards and recipients.

COS honored Katie LaBarbera, Richard Hedley, Michelle Peach, and Andy Boyce. Read about the COS awards and recipients.

Blue-and-yellow Macaw by Luc Viatour
Blue-and-yellow Macaw by Luc Viatour CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons