2010 Student Team
When he isn't birding, Tom is a senior biology major at Cornell. Relishing both temperate and tropical birding, Tom has enjoyed road trips around North America as well as southern South America learning about bird distribution and identification. His interest in birds stems from a love of migration, and he is involved in research projects attempting to understand the peculiarities of migration in the Northern Saw-whet Owl and the Lesser Black-backed Gull. Tom grew up birding in Pennsylvania and is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee and the New York State Avian Records Committee.
Shawn recently received a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell, and is currently working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology while applying to graduate school to pursue a PhD. Although his research lies mainly in the Cornell Lab, studying Barn Swallows, he is always itching to get out birding. He comes from Long Island, New York, where he has been a serious birder for more than 13 years. Shawn has spent most of his time birding in the US and Canada, but has had the opportunity to travel to Mexico, Kenya, and Chile to pursue research interests in birds. He looks forward to the chance to raise money for undergraduate research and conservation as a member of The Redheads again in 2010!
Carolyn Sedgwick is a junior Natural Resources major with a special interest in ornithology and conservation. She loves field work of all kinds and has worked in tern and puffin colonies off the coast of Maine, with Golden-winged Warblers in West Virginia, and is currently researching questions related to overwinter survival of Black-capped Chickadees at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This summer she hopes to venture to the tropics to study birds in Costa Rica. Carolyn grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, being fascinated with wildlife of all kinds, but got really excited about birding with her parents when she was in high school. Since coming to Cornell her interests in both ornithology and birding have increased exponentially. Carolyn is thrilled to join the Redheads for the first time in 2010!
Jay just earned a biology degree at Cornell with a concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has lived in Ithaca for most of his life, and although he has traveled to Peru, Mexico, and much of North America, most of his birding has been in the Northeast. A dedicated birder since the age of eight, he was introduced to birds by his father, Kevin McGowan, also an accomplished birder and former long-time member of the Sapsuckers. Jay has scouted for the Sapsuckers during the World Series of Birding since 2002, and participated in the newly-formed Digiscoping division in 2006.
Brad is ending his first year as an alum after graduating with a degree in Biology last May. He has been birding since the age of 12, when he found his first Peterson Field Guide at his grandmother's house. Brad has spent most of his time birding in the Northeast around his home in Troy, New York. He has spent the last two summers studying Hudsonian Godwit breeding ecology in Churchill, Manitoba and plans on returning this summer. This is Brad's second year as a member of the Redheads.