Oregon2020 is a collaboration of professional ornithologists, citizen scientists, and birding enthusiasts. Below is a short list of the people who have helped to bring Oregon2020 to life.
|Douglas Robinson – Professor at Oregon State University and director of Oregon2020. Doug is currently the Bob and Phyllis Mace Professor of Watchable Wildlife. Doug’s goals are to leave a legacy of detailed knowledge about birds and how they respond to habitat change, and to encourage citizens to understand the value of their daily observations of the world around them, especially when they collect and share those observations in a way that will benefit future generations. We live on a dynamic planet, but sometimes it’s hard to see just how dynamic it is during our life times. His expertise is surveying birds by sound. He has surveyed rich bird communities in the Neotropics and all over North America.|
|Tyler Hallman – PhD student at Oregon State University with a wide variety of avian field experience including migration counts with Hawkwatch International and studies on brood parasitism and reproductive biology with the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust and Golondrinas de las Americas. Tyler received his Masters of Science in Zoology for his study on the synergistic effects of anthropogenic stressors on amphibians in North America, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2012. Tyler’s research interests center around the effects of large scale anthropogenic stressors such as global climate change, land use/land cover alteration, and contaminants on birds and amphibians.|
|Jenna Curtis – PhD student at Oregon State University. Previously a research and monitoring intern at Klamath Bird Observatory where she performed data management-related tasks. She also conducted spot mapping, nest searching, and vegetation surveys along the Trinity River in northern California. Jenna’s interests include bird behaviors, evolutionary biology, and reproductive ecology, as well as web design. Jenna completed her Master’s thesis at OSU where she re-surveyed several habitats around Corvallis first surveyed in 1952.|
|Randy Moore – A post-doctoral researcher and Instructor at Oregon State University, Randy is excellent at auditory surveys of birds and has helped with the standardized point counts we have completed across Finley National Wildlife Refuge and Benton County. Randy grew up in Virginia and has worked all over the world on various avian research projects. He lives in Corvallis but finds ways to slip off to his Patagonia, Arizona, home during the Corvallis winter.|
Student Interns Associated with Oregon 2020 Projects:
Stephanie Caldwell completed an Honors thesis on raptors and field burning in western Oregon.
Liz Johnson, Tyler McFadden and Stephanie Caldwell all assisted with the massive job of getting GPS coordinates for raptor route segments.
Kerstin Beerweiler, Michael Brawner, Jenae Castanon, and ShyAnne Woods have helped us organize the Fairchild’s 25-year dataset from near Marys Peak.
As part of our Capstone Course series for seniors, five students investigated methods to encourage more birders to use eBird and to find ways to improve the reliability and accuracy of data contributed by citizen scientists. They have concluded that tutorials and self-assessments are one key way to go.
We also have encouraged several current and former undergraduates, most active among them Jesse Laney, Spencer Mair, Gabriel Sandoval, and Azita Roshani, to help gather bird data for Oregon 2020.
Cody Saywers is the voice of our instructional tutorials. He needs a job in broadcasting, we think!