I am a 4th year Fisheries & Wildlife Science Undergraduate. I am from Los Angeles, California (Claremont, specifically). Birds have always interested me, and I have been conducting bird surveys through various Audubon chapter and organizations since middle school. I have recently led endangered species confirmation surveys for the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge complex. I am certain the birds will be my specialty in my future career. I am very excited to meet all those who have an interest in birds and hope to provide opportunities that help pave the path for others to be successful in avian-related careers. As president of the Bird Nerds, I intend to lead our organization in fulling its mission.
Azita's love of birds as taken her from wildlife rehab at Portland's Audubon society to studying birds here at OSU. She has worked a couple of summers as a field technician studying species such as Burrowing Owls and Marbled Murrelets, and this past summer she ventured to Ecuador for an internship in bird banding. Azita also loves painting and drawing and is planning on making art part of her career, as well as whatever direction wildlife science takes her.
I am a junior studying Fisheries and Wildlife. I am from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, but have also lived in Seattle. My interest in ornithology came my sophomore year of high school when I began Eastern Bluebird monitoring through a local park district, and participating in several opportunities after that only helped my interest grow. While I am unsure of what I want to do for a career, I would love to work within a park or wildlife refuge. Other than birding, I have a strong passion for weightlifting and also play ultimate frisbee. I'm excited to be a part of the Bird Nerds team and to learn so much from everyone around me!
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Treasurer and Fundraising Chair
I am a senior undergraduate student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, specializing in evolutionary biology. I have always loved the outdoors and animals, but, I gained my passion for birds in high school. Since then I have spent uncountable hours birding in Southern Oregon and Northern California. During the summers I work for the Forest Service primarily performing northern goshawk nest occupancy surveys as well as a variety of other tasks ranging from aspen stand health evaluations to western pond turtle distribution surveys. After completing my degree I hope to go to grad school and perform research in avian evolution. I'm excited to be part of the Bird Nerds Club and get to know my peers in the ornithology community!
Publicity and Public Relations Chair
I am a junior undergraduate student majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences through OSU's eCampus program. I live in Seattle, Washington where I volunteer as an assistant bird-bander for a local non-profit that runs a M.A.P.S. station and winter Fox Sparrow banding, and have participated in wildlife rehabilitation of passerines and other wildlife. In my day-job I'm a veterinary technician at a radiology imaging hospital. I'm hoping to start a career in the avian conservation community, either in research or public outreach, or both. I love getting people interested in birds and have been known to have conversations with crows and ravens. In my free time I enjoy hiking and birding, gardening and taking flying trapeze classes. I look forward to helping eCampus birders feel more connected to campus students, and getting the word out about The Bird Nerds!
Activities and Events Chair
I am a senior undergraduate student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, with a specialization in wildlife ecology. Prior to attending OSU, I received an AAS in Natural Resources and Wildlife Management from Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland. This program opened up the doors for me to develop a passion for ornithology. As someone with a wide range of interests, I have participated in a variety of projects, from forest composition surveys to duck banding. Despite my broad background, I hope to develop a career working with birds. Bird Nerds has helped me to connect with peers, professors, and get involved in research opportunities. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping, going to concerts, and cooking. I look forward to improving my birdsong ID this year and helping coordinate our upcoming events!
Douglas Robinson is a Professor of Wildlife Science. He teaches bird classes, wildlife ecology and citizen science at OSU. His favorite research project is Oregon 2020, which takes him all over Oregon to count birds. You can learn more about him and his lab group at his web site. He’s been an avid birder since he was a kid and he enjoys contributing his bird data to eBird.
I am a PhD student in Doug Robinson’s lab in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. My PhD work looks at different elements of community structure (ie. which species of birds occur in a community) in Oregon and Panama. My work in Panama involves tropical bird species on Barro Colorado Island, a forest fragment located in the middle of the Panama Canal. In Oregon I work on the state-wide Oregon2020 bird survey project with Tyler Hallman. I also received my MS at OSU, where I investigated 60 years of change in avian communities of the Willamette Valley. Prior to grad school I was a Research and Monitoring Intern for Klamath Bird Observatory. I have also worked with Kori Bustards for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. I love birds and birding and am excited to share my passion with aspiring undergraduate students!
As a PhD student in the Integrative Biology department, I study community ecology along the Pacific coast. My dissertation research focuses on the assembly, diversity, and stability of rocky intertidal communities. In particular, I'm working to integrate regional abiotic drivers with local species interactions to examine the scales at which determinism and stochasticity operate. I started birding when I was sixteen, and since then I've birded on all my travels in the US, Madagascar, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Thailand, and the Philippines. In undergrad, I co-founded a bird club and organized many birding trips and activities over four years. Birds fill me with joy, and I delight in sharing my enthusiasm with fellow birders and nature lovers.