Two thousand ornithologists converged for the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference on August 16-20 in Washington, DC.
American Ornithology did a series of pictorial interviews (“biosketches”) with people at the conference. Click on any photo to meet the ornithologists!
Kathleen Farley does urban ornithology and science education, working with American Woodcocks on the fringes of New York City.
Alec Lindsay uses genetic data to study linkage between Common Loon breeding and winter populations.
Gracias a Fernando Machado-Stredel for helping draw the Venezuelan coastline on a biosketch of his wood-wren research.
Researcher Nicole Wood found herself on the wrong side of a Mute Swan one time in Michigan.
Dan Baldassarre, a 2016 COS Young Professional Award winner, made discoveries about Red-backed Fairywrens with red versus orange backs in Australia.
Alberto Lobato does bird monitoring in his native Mexico and also tells stories about birds—including this Bearded Wood-Partridge he drew.
Kenn Kaufman cares a lot about birds, Black Swamp Bird Observatory, and Kimberly Kaufman.
Alice Boyle studies climate constraints on tropical birds, like this White-ruffed Manakin.
Emily Cohen of Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center studies migrating songbirds on the Gulf of Mexico
Janet Ng studies effects of human development on birds of prey, like this larger-than-life Ferruginous Hawk (“All birds are larger than life,” she said).
This is Elizabeth Abraham releasing a rehabbed Newell’s Shearwater in Hawaii, in a biosketch she drew.
Double biosketch: Preeti Desai and Elizabeth Sorrell were at NAOC tweeting for Audubon.
Postdoc Ari Martinez: how information use explains which species hang out together (like this antshrike with these two antwrens).
This American Crow, named “GO,” was dear to UW student Kaeli Swift’s heart.
Lillie Kline, who studies Neotropic agroecosystems, drew this White-throated Magpie-Jay (plus a neighboring cow).
Ryan O’Connor studies thermal physiology and heat tolerance in nightjars of South Africa, including this Freckled Nightjar.
Meet Anjolene Hunt, who studies forestry effects on Canada Warblers at University of Alberta.
Student AOU member Jeffrey Lee drew his own biosketch—he studies relationship of urban birds and habitat.
Polar bears, snow geese, and drones all figure into Andrew Barnas’s exciting auto-biosketch.
This is Nina Hill studying secretive marsh birds and invasive vegetation in Minnesota prairie potholes.
Noelle Moen studies communities of riparian birds (like this Lazuli Bunting) along rivers in eastern Oregon—and also loves flamingos.
Meet Rebecca Heisman, who brings ornithology to the people for the Auk and Condor journals.
MS student Danielle Williams drew her own biosketch—she studies noise effects on Eastern Bluebird reproduction.
The inimitable Steve Dudley of BOU/IBIS is all about ornithology, science communication, and birding on the Greek island of Lesvos.
This is George Cummins studying predator response in Hawaiian birds (that’s a rat at the top of the stick, and an ʻiʻiwi nest).
Meet Nathan Senner, who studies population dynamics in extreme organisms—his biosketch features two godwit species and a mouse.
Meet Monica Iglecia of Manomet, whose work improves migratory shorebird habitat around the western hemisphere.
Learn more about the American Ornithology biosketch series here.
How Margaret Morse Nice changed ornithology, annual eBird taxonomy update, protecting the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and a new way of seeing bird flight: this and more in The @AmOrnith Review. Catch up on a week of American Ornithology in social media!
We hope you’re going to the North American Ornithological Conference, held August 16-20 in Washington, D.C. We also hope you’ll introduce yourself to Abby McBride, who would love to draw a quick whiteboard sketch depicting you and your work. We’ll take a photo or a video of you holding your #biosketch and share it on social media to introduce you to the American Ornithology community.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #NAOC2016 during the conference. See you soon!
COS members have spoken and have overwhelmingly approved the merger with AOU, with upwards of 85 percent in favor. More than 700 members cast ballots, exceeding 55 percent of COS membership. The final step in the decision process will be a vote by AOU Fellows on August 16. Learn more here!
Brown Pelican by Paul J. Marto, Jr. Marto Photography
The avian superpower of UV vision, the 100th birthday of Aves Argentinas, and the hazards of bird-friendly yards: this and more in The @AmOrnith Review. Catch up on a week of American Ornithology in social media!
Long-range seabirds could help us forecast the weather, a “sedentary” Brazilian flycatcher species actually seems to migrate east and west, and a southbound Pectoral Sandpiper was tracked through a series of Important Bird Areas in Canada: this and more in The @AmOrnith Review. Catch up on a week of American Ornithology in social media!
Calling all members of the Cooper Ornithological Society: please vote now regarding the proposed merger with the American Ornithologists’ Union! We need to hear from you. Deadline: August 2.
Burrowing Owls by travelwayoflife, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons