The Meeting Coordination Committee oversees and facilitates the organization, logistics, and overall running of the meeting. This includes working closely with other committees to ensure that the meeting runs smoothly, that it is inclusive for all.
Sushma Reddy | Meeting Co-chair
Associate Professor and Curator, University of Minnesota, Bell Museum of Natural History
Sushma is the Breckenridge Chair of Ornithology at the Bell Museum of Natural History and an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on phylogenetics and biogeography of birds. Her work has primarily focused on diversification in the Old World Tropics and the early evolutionary history of modern birds.
Letícia Soares | Meeting Co-chair
Postdoctoral Associate, Advanced Facility for Avian Research, Western University
Letícia is a broadly trained ornithologist. Throughout her career, she has done research with birds in a wide variety of ecosystems, from the Brazilian Amazon, to the Caribbean and the mixed forests in Ontario. Her work focuses on the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions in bird populations. Most of her current research centers in understanding the effects of avian malaria on the full annual cycle of Neotropical migratory bird populations.
Ron Mumme | Chair, Scientific Program
Professor, Allegheny College
Ron is a professor of Biology at Allegheny College in northwest Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the AOS since 1975 and a member of the Allegheny faculty since 1990. His current research focuses on the tradeoffs between flight feather molt, late-season parental care, and migration in Hooded Warblers.
Professor and Associate Head, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba
Nicola is president of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists – Société des ornithologistes du Canada (SCO-SOC), and a Professor of Conservation Biology. She focuses on effects of human development, especially noise, on birds. Her research takes place in North American prairies and the Neotropics, and takes an interdisciplinary approach that brings together behavioural ecology, bioacoustics, landscape ecology, and other disciplines.
Jennifer Houtz | Representative, Student Affairs Committee
Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University
Jennifer is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She is one of the co-chairs of the AOS Student Affairs Committee. Her research focuses on how gut microbiota and hormones impact stress responsiveness and fitness in tree swallows.
Ellen Jamieson | Representative, Student Affairs Committee
Teacher Candidate, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Ellen is a teacher candidate with a passion for birds and all things biology. Her love of field work led her to pursue an MSc at Trent University in the Environmental and Life Sciences program where she studied shorebird ecology. Throughout her life, Ellen has been drawn to educating and engaging others in the wonders of the natural world. She hopes to continue to find beauty in both science and the arts and to share these passions with high school students in the future.
Nandadevi Cortes-Rodriguez | Representative, Early Professionals Committee
Assistant Professor, Ithaca College
Researcher, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Center for Conservation Genomics
Nanda is an assistant professor at Ithaca College, which is also involved with the SCBI-CCG doing research on population genetics and evolution of neotropical birds, especially those with populations on islands. Her research lab is involved in the following projects: population genetics and evolution of Ravens (Corvus corax) and Orioles (members of the genus Icterus) using mitochondrial DNA and microsatellites; geographic variation in songs of neotropical birds; bird feeder study of the bird populations of the Nature Lands (Ithaca College); genomics: analysis of populations of birds from Channel Islands using single nucleotide polymorphism. Nanda is also part of the AOS Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Erin Morrison | Representative, Volunteers Coordinator Committee
Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University
Erin is a clinical assistant professor of Liberal Studies at New York University. She studies how trait architecture contributes to patterns of diversification, with a focus on the role that metabolic network structure plays in the diversification of carotenoid compounds in birds.
Allison Schultz | Representative, Virtual Platform Committee
Assistant Curator, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Allison is the Assistant Curator of Ornithology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Her research focuses on the evolution of plumage coloration, host-pathogen coevolution, and ecology and evolution in urban environments.
Thea Carpenter | Representative, Scientific Program Committee
Wildlife Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service
Thea recently completed her MSc at the University of Alberta where she studied effects of energy development on songbirds in boreal peatland ecosystems. Currently, she works as a Wildlife Biologist with the Priority Species Unit in Canadian Wildlife Service. Her role, as part of the ‘caribou team’, is to help advance recovery actions for Boreal, Southern Mountain, Barren-ground, and Eastern Migratory caribou populations.
Danielle Ethier | Representative, Early Professionals Committee
Bird Population Scientist, Birds Canada
Danielle is a Member of Council with the Society of Canadian Ornithologists – Société des ornithologistes du Canada, Past-President of the Ontario Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Population Scientist with Birds Canada. Her research uses the vast amount of citizen-science data collected by volunteers across Canada to unravel the status of species and the factors responsible for driving abundance trends at multiple spatial scales.
Evan Adams | Representative, Early Professionals Committee
Quantitative Ecologist, Biodiversity Research Institute
Evan is a member of the American Ornithological Society and the coordinating committee of the Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network. His research is focused on how environmental change affects the spatial ecology of animals by utilizing methods to synthesize complex data sources.
Matt Carling | Representative, Student Awards Committee
Associate Professor, Curator, University of Wyoming
Matt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. He is also the Curator of the University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates. His research primarily focuses on questions related to avian speciation and adaptation.
Morgan Tingley | Representative, Student Awards Committee
Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Morgan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. His lab’s research focuses on the impacts of anthropogenic change on bird ecology, focusing on climate change impacts on birds in North America’s forests.
Jen Walsh | Representative, Safe Meeting Committee
Research Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
Jen is a Research Associate in the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Lab at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Her research focuses on applying genomic tools to address questions in avian ecology, evolution, and conservation with a focus on the genomics of adaptation to harsh environmental conditions.
Dorothy Hill | Representative, Student Awards Committee
Associate Professor, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada
Dorothy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Mount Royal University. She is a behavioral ecologist with a focus on grassland birds.
Sahas Barve | Representative, DEI Committee
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Sahas is an Indian ornithologist broadly interested in avian life history evolution. He is a Peter Buck Fellow at the Smithsonian where his research focuses on the integrative biology of montane birds. Currently he is studying the thermo-insulative capacity of Himalayan bird feathers. He is also deeply interested in the evolution of avian social behaviors and collaborates on the long-term study at acorn woodpeckers in California.
Oliver Love, Representative, DEI Committee
Associate Professor, University of Windsor
Oliver holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Integrative Ecology in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Windsor. His lab examines the physiological mechanisms linking environmental variation, life-history decisions and fitness in terrestrial and aquatic birds and fish within temperate and Arctic ecosystems.
César Estevo | Representative, DEI Committee
Ph.D. Student, University of Alberta, Canada
César is a Ph.D. student in ecology at the University of Alberta studying climate change resilience of bird communities and the boreal ecosystem. César is co-chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists – Société des ornithologistes du Canada. César’s passion for birds started during his biology undergrad in Brazil, which led him to look for birds in the Atlantic Forest and to travel to the Amazon forest to guide wildlife enthusiasts.
Kevin Fraser | Representative, Safe Meeting Committee
Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
Kevin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and leads the Avian Behaviour and Conservation Laboratory. His research focuses on the migration ecology of long-distance migratory landbirds.
Taylor Brown | Representative, Virtual Platform & Communications Committees
Ph.D. Candidate, Trent University
Taylor currently studies the ecophysiology of seabirds, with a specific focus on movement ecology and stress physiology of fledglings in the context of their interactions with human-altered landscapes. She loves all things birdy, including birding, banding, falconry, poultry-keeping, and managing the SCO-SOC Facebook and Twitter pages.
Emily Williams | Representative, At-large
Ph.D. Student, Georgetown University
Emily is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Pete Marra’s lab at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Her research focuses on the ecology, movement, and annual cycles of birds. Beyond interests of the feathered variety, Emily has a passion for science communication and outreach, and connecting her community to science. Emily is also interested in promoting diverse voices in ornithology and creating spaces that are more inclusive and truly representative of the Society. She received her B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Florida, and her M.S. at Kansas State University. Emily first became involved in the American Ornithological Society in 2013, and planned the inaugural AOS storytelling event in Anchorage. Emily became an AOS elective member in 2019. You can find Emily on Twitter as @wayfaringwilly.