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.
Young Ha Suh
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'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 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 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 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.
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