Rebecca Jo Safran

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Rebecca Jo mist-netting barn swallows

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• Website/Blog/Etc:

• My position with AOS:
Member of AOS Council

• My current full-time title and institution:

• My current career stage:
Mid-Career Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Undergrad (U Michigan): Dr. Terry Root
MS Grad (Humboldt State Univ): Dr. Mark Colwell
PhD Grad (Cornell Univ): Dr. David Winkler
postdoc (Princeton Univ): Dr. Daniel Rubenstein

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I want to know how and why closely related populations look and behave differently and how that influences the evolution of new species.

• My favorite bird and why:
Barn Swallows! All over the world, highly diverse, easy to catch, amazing to watch!

• I am involved with AOS because:
It’s my home society!

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Being able to interact with the AOS members, attend annual meetings, and sponsor great student work

• Birds are important to me because:
tractable for questions related to speciation, amazing and inspiring!

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
You will do your best work when you: do what you love, stay curious, look at the same problem from multiple perspectives

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
How does reproductive isolation evolve?


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