This committee is responsible for the administration and selection of student and postdoc travel grants and student presentation awards. The committee’s goal is to enable broader participation in ornithological conferences and events and to enrich the conference experience of those attending through the provisioning of feedback and the celebration of excellence.

Evan Adams, Co-chair

Quantitative Ecologist; Biodiversity Research Institute

Evan studies the ecology of birds and bats, the distributions and movements of birds, the response of birds and bats to environmental change, the effects of contaminants on birds and bats, data synthesis, and conservation decision-making. He is the Quantitative Wildlife Ecology Research Lab ( at the Biodiversity Research Institute.

Sarah Saunders, Co-chair

Senior Manager, Quantitative Science, National Audubon Society

Dr. Sarah Saunders is a senior manager of quantitative science at the National Audubon Society. Residing in Michigan, Sarah primarily works on projects focused on the Great Lakes region, including modeling occupancy, abundance, and population dynamics of marshbirds and waterbirds. Sarah received her Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in 2015, where she studied the endangered Great Lakes piping plover population.

Sahas Barve, Chair

Chair, DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion) Travel Grants Committee
Member, Student Presentation Awards Committee

Program Director of Avian Ecology, Archbold Biological Station

Sahas Barve

Sahas is an avian ecologist at Archbold Biological Station in Florida where he manages a long-term study of the threatened Florida Scrub-Jays. Sahas is broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology and conservation biology of birds. He loves Indian music and is an award-winning grilled cheese chef.

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