• My position with AOS:
Former President-Elect of Cooper Society,
AOS Merger Committee
• My current full-time title and institution:
Associate Professor and Assistant Unit Leader, U.S. Geological Survey Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Dept. of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
• My current career stage:
• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Masters – Dr. Frank Thompson III and Dr. Mary Ratnaswamy
Ph.D. – Dr. Tom Martin
PostDoc – Dr. Craig Benkman
I study wild critters, their habitat choices, and what happens when humans tinker with habitats.
• My favorite bird and why:
Brewer’s sparrow. Who knew little brown-jobbers could be so interesting!
• I am involved with AOS because:
I care about the future of our wildlife, including birds. And I care about providing the next generation of ornithologists with the best opportunities possible. And of course, I enjoy the sense of community and friendship that I share with many other AOS members.
• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
The feeling of contributing to important causes, and the camaraderie.
• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are fascinating! So many crazy adaptations. And plus, we can say that we study modern day dinosaurs 🙂
• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Be curious, work hard, seek opportunities for intellectual and scientific growth, and don’t give up!
• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Why do some animals make maladaptive habitat choices?
• Fun random fact about myself:
I am a wino. And sometimes I snort when I laugh.