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.
Claudio M. Rigo de Righi
I am a third year Agriculture Sciences major with a focus on crop science. I came to Oregon State from the small town in Eastern Tennessee, Norris. In my last year of highschool, I began to develop an interest in birds after going on my first bird watching trip with some friends. As a novice birder, I am alway excited to learn more about birds and find new birding trips through the Bird Nerds. As the secretary, I am the one who writes up the newsletters and contacts people for the club.
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 first year undergrad student majoring in biology with an option in genetics and a minor in chemistry. I have been an avid birder for about five years and have had the opportunity to work at the Portland chapter of the Audubon Society for the past two years. I love being outside and exploring new places in the natural world. When I am not hiking, birding, or snowboarding I am likely curled up with a book snuggling my dogs. I am very excited for this year and searching for our avian friends!
Activities and Events Chair
Nolan Clements is a second year Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences major from La Grande, Oregon. He is an avid birder and gets out birding most days. In the past several years Nolan has participated at several bird banding stations, and has had the opportunity to conduct bird surveys, lead field trips, and travel around Oregon in search of birds. He hopes to continue to work with birds and bird people for the remainder of his academic and professional career.
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.