The American Ornithological Society and BirdsCaribbean 2022 (AOS & BC 2022) 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.
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Comité Coordinador de la Conferencia (CCC)
El CCC supervisa y facilita la organización, logística y el desarrollo de la conferencia en general. Esto implica trabajar muy de cerca con otros comités para asegurar que la conferencia se desarrolle sin problemas y que sea inclusiva para todos.
Sushma Reddy | Meeting Co-chair (AOS)
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.
Adrianne Tossas | Meeting Co-chair (BC)
President of BirdsCaribbean; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla
Adrianne is a professor of biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla, where she leads undergraduates in their first research experiences. With her students she conducts population monitoring of native landbirds and seabirds in the northwestern part of the island. Her research has also addressed different aspects of avian ecology, such as nesting success, metapopulation dynamics, hurricane effects, and distribution in the landscape. Adrianne is the president of BirdsCaribbean and an Elective Member of AOS (2021).
Ron Mumme | Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair (AOS)
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.
Emily Cohen | Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair (AOS)
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Emily is an Assistant Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory in western Maryland. Emily has been a member of AOS (AOU/COS) since 2000, and is currently serving on the AOS Elective Council. Her research focuses on animal migration biology including how and why migration is changing and migratory species are declining and tools for the inclusion of stopover and airspace habitats into conservation and management for migratory species.
Lisa Sorenson | Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair; Plenary Committee Co-Chair (BC)
Executive Director, BirdsCaribbean; Adjunct Associate Professor, Boston University
Lisa is an ornithologist and conservation ecologist with 30+ years of experience working in the Caribbean, including teaching, research, environmental impact assessment work, project planning, and conservation education and training. She has expertise in waterbird and wetland ecology and conservation, climate change, conservation education, and monitoring techniques. As Executive Director of the non-profit BirdsCaribbean (BC), Lisa oversees the organization’s region-wide projects and programs that raise awareness, promote sound science, and empower local partners to build a region where people appreciate, conserve and benefit from thriving bird populations and ecosystems. She is passionate about her work and inspired by all that our partners are doing to raise awareness and help conserve the Caribbean’s amazing birds and biodiversity.
Evan Adams | Workshops Committee Chair
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.
Mike Webster | Plenary Committee Co-Chair (AOS)
President, AOS; Robert G. Engel Professor of Ornithology, Cornell University; Director, Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Mike is the Robert G. Engel Professor of Ornithology at Cornell University, and Director of the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. His research focuses primarily on the evolutionary causes and consequences of variation in bird communication signals, like song and plumage color, and on the effects of social and ecological factors on bird breeding strategies.
Colleen Handel | Scheduling Committee Chair
President-Elect, AOS; Research Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey
Colleen is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Alaska Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey. Her research focuses on the population and migration ecology of landbirds and shorebirds in Arctic and boreal ecosystems, including the dynamics and impacts of emerging diseases and climate change in northern environments.
Erin Morrison | Volunteer Committee Chair
Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University, Liberal Studies
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.
Gabriel Lugo | SOPI Representative
SOPI’s board member; Senior Birding Guide with Wildside Nature Tours
Gabriel is a Puerto Rico Certified Tour Guide and has been a birding guide for the past 12 years. For the last eight years, he has been a Senior Birding Guide with Wildside Nature Tours in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, and North America. In a life-changing moment more than 13 years ago while at a former employer, Gabriel was approached by the Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, Inc. (SOPI) for permits to enter a property for a bird count; he is now on SOPI’s Board of Directors and is working hard to educate about and protect our birds and their habitats, having gotten “hooked by this amazing world with no plan to leave anytime soon.”
Sahas Barve | Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Committee Chair
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Sahas is 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 properties of Himalayan bird feathers. He is also deeply interested in the evolution of avian social behaviors and collaborates on the long-term study of acorn woodpeckers in California.
Jen Walsh | Safe Meeting & Ethics Committee Chair; Student Presentation Awards Committee Co-Chair
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.
Morgan Tingley | Student Presentation Awards Committee Co-Chair
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.
Nandadevi Cortes-Rodriguez | Early Professionals Committee Chair
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.
Jennifer Houtz | Student Affairs Committee Co-Chair
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.
Lan-Nhi Phung | Student Affairs Committee Co-Chair
Ph.D. Candidate, Penn State University
Lan-Nhi (pronounced “Lani”) is a Ph.D. candidate in Biology at Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on the role of vocalization as a reproductive barrier and how genomic studies and the study of historic and contemporary geographical variation can aid the understanding of speciation in North American oscines.
Carlos Andrés Rodríguez Gómez | Field Trips Coordinator (Para la Naturaleza tours for AOS & BC 2022)
Ecodetour Coordinator, Para la Naturaleza
Carlos Andrés has worked with Para la Naturaleza (PLN) since 2010 as a certified environmental interpreter in the East Region of Puerto Rico. Currently Carlos Andrés is the coordinator for Ecodetour, a division of PLN that specializes in designing unique experiences in Puerto Rico’s Natural Protected Areas. He holds a master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution from the University of PR–Río Piedras Campus, specializing in amphibian and reptile conservation.
Justin Proctor | BirdsCaribbean Representative
Justin has served as Vice-President of BirdsCaribbean since 2016, and served as Managing Editor of BC’s peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology, from 2016 – 2021. Justin has an M.Sc. in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and works full-time for Smithsonian’s Virginia Working Landscapes program in Front Royal, Virginia, USA.
Natasha Atkins | Silent Auction Committee Co-Chair
Development Editor, Journal of Caribbean Ornithology
Natasha joined the editorial board of the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology in 2018. Her work as a freelance editor includes numerous ornithological and other natural science publications, including Birds of Two Worlds, Bird Families of the World, and the series Birds of North America. She was on Manomet’s board of directors for 12 years and is a long-time volunteer for the state-run shorebird banding team in Delaware.
Linda Fuller | Silent Auction Committee Co-Chair
Interpretive Naturalist, Educator, Fairfax County Parks, Virginia
Linda attended her first BirdsCaribbean meeting in Jamaica in 2015. She assisted with the BC auction in Cuba (2017) and in Guadeloupe (2019). She is a certified Master Naturalist and has taught nature programs 5 years for Fairfax County and previously 2 years for Audubon Naturalist Society. She is a life-long birder and volunteers for Reston Association, where she lives, as a bluebird nest box monitor and bird walk leader.
AOS Staff Support
Lauren Gates | Social Events & Networking Coordinator; Sponsors & Fundraising Committee Chair
Event Coordinator, AOS
Lauren joined AOS in March 2021, after moving from Atlanta to Chicago. She has been in the nonprofit world for more than 10 years and is extremely passionate about wildlife and environmental conservation. Before joining AOS, she spent the past eight years working as an event specialist for Zoo Atlanta, where she was responsible for coordinating all large-scale, signature events. Her event planning experience spans everything from Broadway theater conventions to beer festivals to traditional naming celebrations for both sets of Zoo Atlanta’s twin Giant panda cubs.
Chris Mulvaney | Registration Portal Coordinator
Membership & Data Operations Manager, AOS
Chris joined AOS as an independent contractor in 2017 and transitioned to a full-time role with the Society in January 2019. Previously, he served thirteen years with Chicago Wilderness, a regional conservation alliance of more than 200 organizations, where he helped to foster partnerships, facilitate regional biodiversity recovery strategies, and develop and monitor metrics toward collective impact.
Christine Schmidt | Communications Committee Chair
Communications Manager, AOS
Christine joined AOS in June of 2020. For more than 25 years, she’s worked as a communicator and marketer, developing communications plans for various organizations, including governmental agencies, nonprofits, and both private and publicly traded corporations. She has co-developed and deployed NASA-mission-based STEAM curriculum in K–12 and institutional environments across the U.S., while mentoring a new generation of female science educators.
Crystal Ruiz | Budget Coordinator
Director of Operations & Administration, AOS
Crystal joined AOS in March 2015 and holds a B.S./B.A. degree in accounting and Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. Prior to AOS, Crystal worked as an administrator at a regional-based environmental non-profit and as an international accountant in a private firm.
Mint Jang | Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant, AOS
Mint joined AOS part-time in August 2019 and assists staff with day-to-day operations. She hails from the Peachtree state of Georgia, loves to travel (especially for food!), and enjoys following rabbit holes of information. Her current areas of interest include sustainable living and traditional food cultures.