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Allison Shultz

Associate Curator

Dr. Shultz has loved animals her whole life, and fell in love with birds during her undergraduate at UC Berkeley. She is a native Southern Californian, and loves the diversity of habitats (and birds!) available in a very small geographic area! She credits her artistic eye for first drawing her to studying bird coloration, but now that is one of her main fascinations.

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Young Ha Suh

Collections Manager

Young Ha is the collections manager for the Ornithology collection at the Natural History Museum. She became interested in Ornithology during her time at UC Davis and went on to get her PhD at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where she gained an appreciation for natural history collections.   


Jackie Childers

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jackie's research spans phylogenetics and taxonomy to broad-scale evolutionary patterns of phenotypic diversification. Her work primarily centers on the African continent, with her most recent NSF-funded project focusing on the evolution of coloration in weaver birds. This project is being conducted jointly with Dr. Linnea Hall of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.



Olivia Sanderfoot

Postdoctoral Fellow

Olivia studies the impacts of wildfire smoke on birds. She is working with Dr. Shultz and Dr. Morgan Tingley at UCLA to learn more about how wildfire smoke affects bird behavior and species distributions. Her goal is to inform conservation policies to shepherd birds through smokier fire seasons.



Maeve Secor

Graduate Student

Maeve is a PhD student co-advised by Dr. Shultz at the museum and Dr. Matthew Dean at the University of Southern California. She is interested in avian evolution, linking phenotype to genotype, and anthropogenic driven mutations.



Eliza Kirsch

Graduate Student

Eliza is a Ph.D. student co-advised by Dr. Shultz and Dr. Suzanne Edmands in the Marine and Environmental Biology Department at USC. She became interested in ornithology during her undergraduate at Occidental College and is currently planning to do research using genomic data to inform the conservation management of birds and other wildlife. 


Moses Aubrey

Postbacc Researcher

Moses is a Post-Bac scholar with the NHMLAC's UNLAB. Mentored by Dr. Allison Shultz and Co-Mentored by Dr. Olivia Sanderfoot. He is currently working on a Black Carbon project and measuring bird plumage dirtiness through time.


Rosalyn Price-Waldman

Graduate Student

Rosalyn is a PhD student in Cassie Stoddard's lab, but is a close collaborator with Dr. Shultz. Together, they are working on the mechanisms underlying brilliant bird colors, especially in the Tangara tanagers. 




Interested in appearing here? Please contact me if you are interested in being a postdoctoral associate, co-advised graduate student, or undergraduate working on an independent project.



Jessie Salter

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jessie studies the phylogenetics and evolution of birds, especially Bobwhite Quail. She worked with Dr. Shultz and Dr. Kayce Bell for her postdoc, asking questions about the evolution of bobwhite feather patterns and microstructure, and the morphology and evolutionary history of their feather lice. She now is a professor at Santa Monica College



Jacqueline Dall


Jackie is an undergraduate student at Occidental College currently working as an intern. She is studying the evolution of pigments and feather structure in tanagers.

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