Rachael Mady

Research Support Specialist

Expertise

Science Communication • Public Participation In Science • Evaluation • Avian Ecology

I collaborate with staff and researchers at the intersection of social and ecological science so that we can promote and support conservation action. In the social science realm, I study the process of participation in science and offer best practices. In the ecological science realm, I work with data collected by the public, build statistical models, and communicate results to scientists and the broader community via publications and presentations. Additionally, I support the Center of Engagement in Science and Nature by tracking and visualizing progress in achieving strategic goals across all center programs.

I first came to the Cornell Lab as a graduate student to support Bird Cams Lab, a project funded by the National Science Foundation. Bird Cams Lab taught me how important it is to work with people with different perspectives, especially when doing science, and how we need to continually reflect on who is and who isn’t at the table when making decisions. I’m thrilled to now be a part of the Center for the Engagement in Science and Nature, and further its mission to activate and support people worldwide to connect with birds and nature, participate in science, and promote the wellbeing of natural systems.

Education

M.S., Natural Resources, Cornell University
B.S., Biology, Towson University

Favorite Bird

My absolute favorite bird is the American Woodcock, also known as the timberdoodle. The males have an incredible evening display they do in the spring, flying to heights of 200-350 feet and twittering their wings. Their endearing “peent” call also makes me smile, and I can’t get enough of their funky walk, in which they rock their body back and forth.

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