After years of waking up at 4 a.m. and relentlessly trudging through tick-filled brush to try and (often unsuccessfully) track birds, Connor is excited to move into the social science realm and to start studying policies and people involved in bird conservation. Connor began his PhD at UC Davis in Fall 2020 in the Graduate Group in Ecology, and will be working in both the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior, as well as the Center for Community and Citizen Science. Connor is interested in studying social and cultural factors within cities that influence voluntary adoption of bird conservation policies. Specifically, policies that encourage building owners to turn off building lights at night to reduce bird mortality. Connor previously earned a B.S. in environmental and sustainability sciences from Cornell University and an M.S. in environment and natural resources from The Ohio State University. Connor is excited to be living in the sunny central valley, where he can spend more time pursuing his favorite outdoor activities of running, backpacking, and birding.