Helping young scientists explore their ideas
I am grateful to have had the chance to assist young scientists as they explore the aspects of the natural world that most pique their curiosity. One of the best parts of this job is getting to know students as individuals, to understand their academic and personal goals, and to provide guidance to help them achieve their goals. I feel great satisfaction to have helped many young scientists complete research projects of their own design. Some of these have even been published!
Undergraduate students I have mentored include:
Eric Gulson-Castillo (now a grad student at University of Michigan)
Graham Montgomery (now a grad student at University of Connecticut)
Graham has done a ridiculous number of playback experiments to study song evolution in birds, and is a consummate naturalist; for example, he observed cooperative breeding in Silvery-throated Jays.
Taylor Crisologo (Bay Area Naturalist)
Benjamin van Doren (now a grad student at University of Oxford )
Else Mikkelsen (now a grad student at University of Toronto)
Else did a fantastic project using song playback + painted mounts to investigate how the evolution of these different signals matters for species discrimination in songbirds. Stay tuned!