Workshops & Events

Meet the WJO Editor, Sunday, July 17, right before the welcome reception. This is a chance for WOS members, WJO authors, and potential authors to meet Wilson Journal of Ornithology Editor-in-Chief Ernesto Ruelas Inzunza and his team of Associate Editors. It is an open forum for socializing and asking questions about the WJO, peer-reviewed academic publishing in general, and ways to contribute to the continued success of our 134-year-old journal. Organizer: Jeremy Kirchman, WOS Publications Committee Chair, jeremy.kirchman@nysed.gov.

LGBTQIA+ and Allies Social, morning of Tuesday, July 19. This social event is an opportunity to converse with colleagues who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, otherwise queer, as well as allies to this community, to discuss LGBTQIA+ experiences and representation in ornithology and beyond. We will promote a welcoming atmosphere at this event and provide opportunities for folks to meet other members of the queer community and those who support the community. We will create opportunities to promote discussion in a safe atmosphere with small breakout groups and conversation topic suggestions. Breakfast will be provided for all registrants (more details to come). Organizer: Kristen Covino, kristen.covino@lmu.edu.

Careers in Ornithology Panel, lunchtime on Tuesday, July 19. Want to dive into the field of ornithology but not sure where to start? Not sure which career path is right for you, or what opportunities may exist for professional ornithologists? Join our career panel to hear from a variety of experts in their respective careers and their unique pathways. This career panel is intended for any and all early career professionals, from high schoolers to post-grad. The panel will consist of four to six people working within academia, as well as federal, state and non-profit professionals, who will share their journey in the ornithological field and participate in a live Q&A. Registration is required, and attendees will fill out a google form ahead of time with questions and topics to discuss. This panel will focus primarily on breaking into and establishing yourself in the field of ornithology. Examples include: What skills/techniques to highlight in a resume, best practices for certain applications (such as USAjobs.gov), insights on working for various agencies, etc. Lunch will be provided for all registrants (more details to come). Organizers: Madison Sutton, madisonosutton@gmail.com; Juita Martinez, Juita.Martinez1@gmail.com; Stephanie Egger, stephanie.egger@gmail.com.

How to Apply to Graduate School in Ornithology, details TBD. Applying to graduate programs in ornithology comes with a well-described set of requirements from prospective programs and a healthy dose of unwritten advice from mentors. This workshop will walk through several important points to consider when applying for graduate programs and is intended for students and early professionals considering Master’s or PhD programs. The panel will consist of at least one recent applicant, a graduate student, and academic professor who can provide insight into searching for programs, communicating with prospective advisors, finding funding, and ultimately choosing the right program. The event will progress along the timeline from finding programs of interest to writing applications, talking to current and former students, and interviewing. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to find the “best fit” mentor and identify environments in which prospective students thrive. Application materials and other helpful resources will be shared with participants after the workshop. Organizers: Nicholas Russo, njrusso202@gmail.com; Jonah Dominguez, dominguez1@kenyon.edu; Tharindu Krishan Kalukapuge, kalukapu@ualberta.ca.