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    AmericanOrnithologicalSocietyElectedOfficersandCouncilors

    Classof2017,2018,2019and2020

    ExecutiveCommitteeOfficers

    StevenR.Beissinger,President(2016-18)KathyL.Martin,President-Elect(2016-18)

    AndrewW.Jones,Secretary(2014-)RebeccaT.Kimball,Treasurer(2015-)

    ExecutiveDirectorMelindaPruett-Jones

    STEVENR.BEISSINGERProfessor,ConservationBiology,UniversityofCalifornia,BerkeleyBIO:ProfessorofConservationBiologyandMVZresearchassociate(1997-present),A.S.LeopoldChairinWildlifeBiology(2003-13),andChairoftheDept.ofEnvironmentalScience,Policy&Management(2001-04)atUCBerkeley.Asst.andAssoc.Prof.YaleUniv.(1988-1995),NSFPostdoctoralFellowattheNationalZoologicalPark(1986-88),Ph.D.Univ.Michigan(1984),M.S.(1978)andB.S.(1974)MiamiUniv.AOU:member(1977),ElectedMember(1987)andFellow(1993).AOUserviceasCouncilor(1995-98)andonConservation(1990-2012,chair1995-99),Nominations(1999-2001)andAwards(2005-07)committees.ElectedtoBoardofDirectors:SocietyforConservationBiology(2009-12),CooperOrnithologicalSociety(2008-11),andNationalAudubonSociety(2003-09).COSKatmaAwardsCommittee(2010-2013).EditorialBoards:StudiesinAvianBiology,Ecology,EcologyLetters,ConservationBiology,CurrentOrnithology.Myresearchfocusesonbehavioral,populationandconservationbiologyofbirds,hasproduced180scientificarticlesand2editedbooks,andwasrecognizedbyAOUsWilliamBrewsterMemorialAward(2010).

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    STATEMENT:Manyprofessionalsocietiesarefacingtwobigchallenges:(1)rapidretirementoflong-standingmembersand(2)lowlevelsofrecruitmentandretentionofnewmembers.Taxon-basedsocieties,liketheAOS,arethemostsusceptibletothesechanges,eventhoughtheyfillimportantprofessionalroles.Iwouldusemyleadershipexperiences,accumulatedbyparticipatinginavarietyofprofessionalsocietiesandorganizations,tohelptheAOSandornithologyinNorthAmericatocontinuetomodernizebothitsmissionanditsproductstoattractandmaintainmembership.Thefirststephasbeentakenthroughtherecentreorganizationofpublications.Inthiseraofinstitution-basedjournalsubscriptions,however,thesechangeswillprobablynotbesufficient.FortheAOStomaintainitsimportantroleinthescientificstudyofbirdsandtheirconservation,itshouldexplorethedevelopmentofnewweb-basedservicesandwaystocommunicatewithmembers,andnewattractionsatitsannualmeetingstosustainandgrowmembership.

    KATHYL.MARTINProfessor,DepartmentofForestandConservationSciences,UnivofBritishColumbia,andSeniorResearchScientist,ScienceandTechnologyBranch,EnvironmentandClimateChangeCanada,Vancouver,CanadaBIO:Professor,DepartmentofForestandConservationSciences,UniversityofBritishColumbia,andSeniorResearchScientist,ScienceandTechnologyBranch,EnvironmentandClimateChangeCanada,Vancouver,Canada(1993-current).PhD.1985,QueensUniversity,Ontario.AssistantProfessor,UniversityofToronto,1990-1992.PublishedinTheAuk,TheCondor,StudiesinAvianBiology,Ecology,EcologicalApplications,FrontiersinEcologyandtheEnvironment,BiologicalConservation,BiologicalReviews,Science,PLoSONE,J.AvianBiology,ForestEcologyandManagement,Oecologia.AOUElectiveMember1991;AOUFellow2001;ConferenceChairNAOCVinVancouver,2012.AOUSERVICE:Council,2002to2006.Nominatingcommittee,2002,Membershipcommittee,1999-2002,ResearchAwardsCommittee,1997-2000.AssociateEditorroles:TheAuk,1995-1999,TheCondor,2013-current,StudiesinAvianBiology,2008-2011,AvianConservationandEcology,2005-current,FrontiersinEcologyandtheEnvironment,2011-2014.IhaveservedasPresidentoftheSocietyofCanadianOrnithologists(SCO-SOC,2000-2002),ontheexecutive(1997-2004),andorganizedtheSCO-SOCannualmeetingin1998.Asa

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    federalresearchscientistsecondedtotheUniversityofBritishColumbiasince1993,mostofmytimeisdedicatedtodevelopingbasicandappliedresearchprogramsinforestandalpineecosystemsinrelationtolocalandlargerscaledisturbanceevents.STATEMENT:TheAOUwasthefirstscientificsocietyIjoined,andIvividlyremembermyfirstAOUmeetingin1973asafriendlyandscientificallyexcitingmeeting(Yikes,wasitthatlongago?Ijoinedsoyoung!).IhavebenefittedinsomanywaysfrommymembershipintheAOUstartingasagraduatestudentwhereImademanyvaluablefriendsandcolleaguesatannualmeetings.FrommyserviceonAOUCouncilandcommittees,andmostrecentlyastheChairofNAOCV,IgainedstrongunderstandingofthefunctioningoftheAOU.IlookforwardtogettingdeeplyinvolvedintheimportantnewdevelopmentsintheAOSandornithologicalcommunity,aswecoordinateandcollaborateoncommongoalswithotherNorthAmericanandinternationalsocieties.Asauniversityprofessorandfederalresearchscientist,IencouragemystudentsandcolleaguestobecomeactiveintheAOS,joincommitteesandcouncils,andattendannualmeetings.Imentormystudentsandcolleaguestocontributepresentations,convenesymposia,andtopublishandreviewarticlesinourjournals.Ourannualconferences,oneoftheAOSssignatureactivities,arethelife-bloodofthesocietywithstrongappealtoallornithologists.Withmyconsiderableexperienceinorganizingmeetings,Iwillstrivetomakeourannualmeetingsevenmoresuccessfulandmorerelevanttoawiderrangeofornithologistsoutsideacademia,particularlytoornithologicalpractitionersingovernmentandnon-governmentalgroups.Ihaveworkedongovernment-universityliaisonsformostofmyprofessionalcareer,andbelievethatthenexusofacademicsandconservationpractitionersaremorecriticalthanevertoachieveourgoalsofpromotingarigorousscientificbasisforavianconservation.Thiswillincludeworkingtoincreasefundingforyoungprofessionalstoattendmeetingsandtodevelopingprogramcomponentstoimprovetheprofileofourresearchcontributions.IstronglysupporttheAOSmissiontoadvancethescientificunderstandingofbirds,enrichornithologyasaprofession,andtopromotearigorousscientificbasisfortheconservationofbirds.Myvisionofhowweshouldmanageavianpopulationsandcommunitiesisguidedbythefactthatalmost80%ofourbirdsbreedinginCanadaspendthemajorityoftheirlifecycleinanothercountry.WehavesomuchtogainbyforgingcriticalpartnershipswithornithologicalsocietiesinCentralandSouthAmericatoensurewemaintainourcapacitytoprovideforthefulllifecycleofmigratorybirdsandtoincreaseourknowledgeofthefullornithologicalassemblagesintheAmericas.ImaintainactiveresearchprogramsfromnorthernCanadatoSouthernChileandhavebeenfacilitatinginternationalornithologicalresearchandmanagementprogramsintheAmericas.IwillworktoensurethattheAOScontinuestopromoteornithologicalscienceandconservationacrosstheAmericas,andtocreateandforgeconnectionswithinthevibrantcommunityofornithologiststhroughouttheAmericas.Toassistinthismission,theAOScouldprovidefurtherleadershipinthemanyexcitingdevelopmentsinCitizenScienceande-birdinitiatives.

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    ANDREWW.JONESWilliamA.andNancyR.KlammEndowedChairofOrnithologyandCuratorofOrnithology,ClevelandMuseumofNaturalHistoryBIO:WilliamA.andNancyR.KlammEndowedChairofOrnithologyandCuratorofOrnithology,ClevelandMuseumofNaturalHistory.AlsoDirectorofScience,ClevelandMuseumofNaturalHistory,andAdjunctFaculty,ClevelandStateUniversity.Ph.D.2006,UniversityofMinnesota,DepartmentofEcology,Evolution,andBehavior.PublishedinAuk,Condor,BiologicalJournaloftheLinneanSociety,MolecularPhylogeneticsandEvolution,BioScience,Cotinga.AOUMember1997,ElectiveMember2009.Myresearchconcernsgeographicvariationinbirds,primarilyusingmolecularmarkersforcomparativephylogeographyandresolvingevolutionaryrelationshipsamongspeciesindiversegenera.STATEMENT:IfirstvolunteeredasRecordingSecretaryfortheAOUin2009,andservedinthatroleforfiveyears.IwasthenelectedtotheAOUSecretarypositionin2014.AsSecretary,IplayanactiveroleinthegovernanceoftheAOS,workingwiththeelectedofficersandcouncilorsaswellasourExecutiveDirector.Imanagecommunicationamongthesegroupsaswellaswiththegeneralmembership.Withongoingeffortssuchasprofessionalizingthesocietyandexpandingoursociety'sonlinecommunications,itisanexcitingtimefortheAOS,andIamhonoredtoserveinthisposition.

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    REBECCAT.KIMBALLProfessor,DepartmentofBiology,UniversityofFlorida,Gainesville,FL32611-8525BIO:ProfessorofBiology,UniversityofFlorida,GainesvilleFL;affiliatepositionswithFloridaMuseumofNaturalHistory;SchoolofNaturalResourcesandtheEnvironment;UFGeneticsInstitute;UF/FSUCenterforSmellandTaste.Ph.D.1995,UniversityofNewMexico.AOUCouncilMember(2013-2015);Chair,AOUStudentTravelandAwardsCommittee(2009-2013;servedascommitteememberpreviously).AlsoeditorforIbis(2013-present),SSEEducationCommitteeMember(2008-present),SSBCouncilMember(2008-2010).Publishedover70papers,includinginAuk,WilsonBulletin,Ibis,JournalofAvianBiology,aswellasPNASandScience.Myresearchincludesphylogenetics,populationgenetics,andtheevolutionofbehaviorsandtraits(particularlyplumageandsecondarysexualtraits)inbirds.STATEMENT:ThisisanimportanttimeintheAOS.Therehavebeenmanychangesundertakenrecentlyintheadministrationtostrengthenthesocietyandimproveitsabilitytoservethemembership.AsTreasurerandformerAOUCouncilmember,IhaveworkedtohelptoensuretheAOScontinuestoadvancethescientificunderstandingofbirdswhilemaintainingitselfasastrongsocietythatservestheneedsofcurrentandfutureornithologists.Todothisrequirescontinuedimprovementandnewinitiativestokeeppacewiththechangingneedsofprofessionals.IwillworktowardskeepingtheAOSfiscallysoundwhilealsoensuringthattheAOSinvestsinlong-rangeplanningactivitiesthatwillensureitslong-termsuccess.

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    MELINDAPRUETT-JONESExecutiveDirector,AmericanOrnithologicalSocietyBIO:ExecutiveDirector,AmericanOrnithologicalSociety(2014topresent).MS.1981,BrighamYoungUniversity,DepartmentofZoology.PublishedinAuk,Evolution,AnimalBehavior,BehavioralEcologyandSociobiology,FrontiersinEcologyandtheEnvironment.Whilemycurrentareaofinquiryinvolvesorganizationallifecyclesandnetworkgovernance,myresearchbackgroundisinsocialbehavior,ecology,andpopulationbiologyofbirdsandmammals.Icurrentlyserveorhaveservedonseveralboards,includingAudubonChicagoRegion;NetworkforLargeLandscapeConservation;UrbanAdvisoryCommittee,NationalParkService;LoyolaUniversityInstituteforEnvironmentalSustainability;and,UniversityofIllinoisatChicagoInstituteforEnvironmentalScienceandPolicy.STATEMENT:IjoinedtheAOUasitsfirstexecutivedirectorin2014,andoversawthemergerprocessoftheAOUandCOStolaunchthenewAOS.Ibring

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