The Wandering Phoenix; Birds, Hooping, and Adversity; Top 20 Photos of 2020; and Aspects of Oregon Oaks That Are Important to Slender-billed White-breasted Nuthatches—Dr. David Craig and Students
Dr. David Craig, Willamette University Biology Professor, and four of his undergraduate collaborators will share recent research with the Birder’s Night audience. All these students are members of the lab group CORAX, named using the scientific name for the common raven (corvus corax), a brilliant bird, famous in folklore, poetry, and academic research. CORAX stands for Craig’s Outstanding Research Associates in X. The X is primarily for the cross of
behavior and ecology and include projects focused on intersections of natural and cultural history, art and science, and actions to reduce racism and sexism. Dr. Craig is pleased to introduce these four early career scientists.
The students include Janet Flores, a Biology major with interest in medicine, engineering, and helping others. She will present; “The Wandering Phoenix: How bird art rises above burnout.” DeMarco Reed is declared a Civic Communications and Media major and is also very interested in mathematics. He will present; “Birds, Hooping, and Adversity” to connect his birding, basketball, and Black Lives Matter movement expertise. Juan Vargas is majoring in Exercise Science on his way to a biomedical career. He will share his “Top 20 Photos of 2020.” Rose Wilkinson has been focused on ecology, evolution, and conservation of both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. She will discuss “Aspects of Oregon oaks that are important to the slender-billed white-breasted nuthatch.”