• My position with AOS:
• My current full-time title and institution:
Bass Professor of Natural Science, Bowdoin College
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
BS Yale University ’75 (Charles Sibley); collected blood samples for Sibley in S. America for a year after graduating; PhD University of Washington ’82 (Gordon Orians; Dee Boersma was on my committee); postdoc University of Florida ‘82-‘84; visiting assistant professor Cornell University ‘84-‘86; ’86-present Bowdoin College assistant-associate-full professor
I chase questions about the evolution, behavior and conservation of birds and plants, then get to teach about them.
• My favorite bird and why:
Savannah sparrow, mysterious bird of the future.
• I am involved with AOS because:
Teaching and learning about our natural heritage are important to me. AOS helps me do both.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Great colleagues, essential public outreach and a fountain of cool bird stories.
• Birds are important to me because:
They have the power to right the wrongs in the world, or at least make us forget them for a while.
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Why do birds have such strong and predictable habitat preferences? We gave up on this 70’s question before we got the job done.