Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez

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• My position with AOS:
Council Member

• My current full-time title and institution:
Research Associate, Conservation Science Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

• My current career stage:
Mid-Career Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
PhD- André Dhondt and Thomas Gavin
Postdoc: Paul Doherty, Kate Huyvaert, Mevin Hooten
Current job: Amanda Rodewald

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
If birds ever learn to communicate with humans, and tell us where they go and how many friends they have, my job will be obsolete.

• My favorite bird and why:
The Turquoise Cotinga- a radiant blue and purple bird that migrates every breeding season from the lowland forests of the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, up to the Talamanca Mountains.

• I am involved with AOS because:
The annual conference was my favorite one to attend in graduate school- there were great opportunities to interact with a wide variety of professionals in the field, and also get their feedback on my work.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Being able to support incoming professionals into the field, and learn about all of the interesting work that they are doing.

• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are everywhere, from a bustling city parking lot, to a steep and remote mountain top. Their songs connect us to specific places, and the people we share them with.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Spend as much time in the field as you can, so you can remember why it’s important to stare at endless numbers on a computer screen and try to make sense of them.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Tiny, lightweight, affordable GPS tags for little birds. So we know where they go, and when and where they die.

• Fun random fact about myself:
I am not a morning person!


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