People

Connor Wood | Principal Investigator

cmw289 [at] cornell.edu
(he/him/his)

My motivation as a scientist is conserving biodiversity in the face of rapid ecological change. For a long time I “didn’t like math” but as a graduate student I developed an appetite for quantitative approaches to science. My hobbies include snowboarding, running, biking, and eating local apple varieties. I usually belatedly share photos of my adventures and fieldwork on Instagram.

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Education
Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin – Madison
M.Sc.: University of Maine – Orono
B.A.: Middlebury College


Kristin Brunk | Postdoctoral Researcher

kb572 [at] cornell.edu

I’m excited about studying how species respond to anthropogenic changes through the lenses of conservation and behavioral ecology. I like dipping my toes into many different field and analytical techniques, which means I know just enough about several different methodological approaches to be dangerous. My hobbies include birding, baking, getting lost in the woods, and starting new hobbies that I don’t follow through with. 

Education
Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin – Madison
B.A.: Northland College

Project: Sierra Nevada avian diversity


Nathan Engida | Undergraduate Researcher

I am a senior undergraduate student at Cornell University, majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Computational Biology. I was born in Ethiopia and moved to the U.S. after finishing highschool. I am interested in the intersection of statistics, biological science, and Computer Science. I love interacting with students, I had a satisfying experience serving as a Chemistry learning assistant where I worked closely with a faculty mentor. In my free time, I like to listen to podcasts and TED Talks. 

Project: BirdNET App analytics

Daniel Sossover | Undergraduate Researcher

I am a senior undergraduate student at Cornell University. I’m majoring in Environment & Sustainability Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Biology & Applied Ecology. Before transferring to Cornell, I graduated from SUNY ESF’s Ranger School with an associate’s in applied science. My love for learning about the natural world began as soon as I could read. Since then, I’ve dedicated my educational and professional life to environmental conservation. I spend my free time hiking, rock climbing, and diving deeper into my interests in international politics, physics, and ecology.

Project: wolf demography

Ben Hack | Undergraduate Researcher

My love for birds and nature runs deep, all the way back to the first grade when I first began birding. Over the years, I’ve become increasingly interested in devoting my time to bird conservation. In my free time, I enjoy writing, playing basketball, photography and listening to music. Feel free to check out my sporadically updated Instagram photography page @ben_hack_photos!

Project: Sierra Nevada avian diversity

Kelsey Burrows | Undergraduate Researcher

Luca Bielski | Undergraduate Researcher

I’m a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology. My academic passion is in better understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change to conserve the incredible natural world. I love reading, hiking, biking, drinking coffee and going to Yankees games!

Project: Sierra Nevada avian diversity