AFO Council

The AFO’s Council consist of both amateur and professional ornithologists, in recognition of the contributions that both make to ornithology. If you are interested in assisting with the governance of AFO, or if you would like to nominate a candidate for the AFO council, email the nominations committee.

Officers & Councilers

President:  Dan Ardia
Vice PresidentValentina Ferretti
Secretary:  Dale Gawlik
Treasurer:  Scott Sutcliffe
Liaison to ARS:  Dan ArdiaReed Bowman
Past President:  Paul Rodewald
Editor, JFO:  Gary Ritchison


Class of 2020
David Aborn
Mary Garvin
Jessica Oswald (2nd term)
Sarah Sargent
Mark S. Woodrey (2nd term)

Class of 2021
Ernesto Ruelas Inzunza
Matthew Reudink (2nd term)
Jennifer Smith (2nd term)
Angela Tringali
Claire Varian-Ramos

Class of 2022
Rob Aldredge (2nd term)
Ian Ausprey (2nd term)
Rebecka Brasso
Gustavo Londoño
Matthew Shumar (2nd term)


Associate Editors
Daniel R. Ardia, Juan I. Areta, David N. Bonter, David R. Brown, Christopher E. Hill, Jeffrey P. Hoover, Miguel Â. Marini, Abby N. Powell. Spanish Editors: Pilar Benites, Leonardo Calle, Juan Pablo Gomez, Gustavo Londoño, Raul A. Pérez-Rivera.

Recent Past Presidents
Paul Rodewald (2017-2018), Reed Bowman (2015-2016), Kathryn Purcell (2013-2014), L. Scott Johnson (2011-2012), David N. Bonter (2009-2010), Cecilia Riley (2007-2008), Eugene Morton (2004-2006), Scott Sutcliffe (2003-2004), Jerry Jackson (2000-2002), Charles Duncan (1997-1999), Elissa Landre (1995-1997), Gregory S. Butcher (1993-1995), Edward H. Burtt Jr. (1991-1993). For a more complete list of AFO’s past presidents, click HERE.

AFO Afield
Content Editor – Jennifer Smith (
Design – Anne Marie Johnson

AFO Representatives for Other Organizations
OSNA – Michael Lombardo and David Aborn
Ornithological Council (representatives) – Scott Stoleson and Dan Cristol
North American Banding Council – Ian Ausprey and Luke DeGroote
Biological Research Institute (mist-net sales) – Patrick Keenan

AFO Committees

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Nominations Committee

Traditionally the Vice President takes the lead on working with the council to identify a slate of new council members and officers to be presented at the Annual Meeting. The committee has a minimum of 3 individuals.

  • Valentina Ferretti (chair, Vice President)
  • Dan Ardia (President)
  • Paul Rodewald (Immediate Past President)


Membership Committee

Responsibilities: Develop and implement strategies to increase the number of AFO members. This includes developing effective ways of communicating with existing members to keep them informed of AFO’s activities and value and recruiting new members.

  • Paul Rodewald (co-chair)
  • Dan Ardia (co-chair)
  • Valentina Ferretti
  • Matthew Shumar
  • Scott Johnson
  • Michael Lombardo
  • Angela Tringali


Finance Committees

Finance Committee Responsibilities: Responsible for oversight of the endowment funds. Develop an investment plan, identify investing trustees, who will then advise on investment firms. Review the performance of the investment company at least once per year, report to the AFO Council on performance and recommend continuation or otherwise with the current professional manager and the current investment guidelines.

  • Scott Suttcliffe (chair, Treasurer)
  • Dan Ardia (Vice President, Liaison to ARS)
  • Scott Johnson (Investing Trustee)
  • Reed Bowman (Liaison to ARS)

Investing Trustees

  • Allan R. Keith (chair, Financial Trustee)
  • Daniel Ardia (Ornithological Trustee)
  • John Day (Financial Trustee)
  • L. Scott Johnson (Ornithological Trustee)


Neotropical Outreach Committee

Responsibilities: Coordinate AFO’s Neotropical initiatives, including recruitment of members from the Neotropics, and informing ornithologists in the Neotropics of AFO meetings, awards and other activities.

  • Valentina Ferretti (chair)
  • Alex Jahn
  • Ernesto Ruelas Inzunza
  • Cecilia Kopuchian
  • Adrián Di Giacomo
  • Carla Suertegaray Fontana
Publications Committee

Responsibilities: a) Work with Wiley-Blackwell Publishers on issues related to publishing the Journal of Field Ornithology. b) Work to increase the quality and “impact” of JFO. c) Work to maintain/increase library subscriptions/revenue.

  • Rob Aldredge (chair)
  • Gary Ritchison (editor of JFO)
  • Dan Ardia
Awards Committees

Bergstrom Award Committee
Responsibilities: Advertise Bergstrom Award, evaluate proposals, award gifts.

  • Valentina Ferretti & Cecilia Kopuchian (chairs)

U.S./Canada Competition Reviewers:

  • Dan Ardia
  • Ian Ausprey
  • Eugene Morton
  • Matt Reudink
  • Lee Robinson
  • Scott Stoleson
  • Jason Townsend

Latin American Competition Reviewers:

  • Luiz dos Anjos
  • Carlos Bianchi
  • Dan Brooks
  • Gustavo Sebastián Cabanne
  • Renata Durães Ribeiro
  • Valentina Ferretti
  • Adrián Di Giacomo
  • Cecilia Kopuchian
  • Dan Lebbin
  • James J. Roper
  • Carla Suertegaray Fontana

Skutch Research Award Committee
Responsibilities: Advertise Skutch Award, evaluate proposals, award gift.

  • Elissa Landre (chair)
  • Gabriel Colorado
  • Dan Lebbin
  • Manuel Marin
  • Jason Mobley
  • Jessica Oswald
  • Luis Naranjo
  • Ken Rosenberg
  • F. Gary Stiles

Skutch Medal Committee

  • Alex Jahn (chair)
  • Dan Ardia
  • Reed Bowman
  • Valentina Ferretti
  • Kathryn Purcell
  • Paul Rodewald

Best Student Publication Award Committee
Responsibilities: To identify the student-generated paper in each volume of the Journal of Field Ornithology that best exemplifies quality research and scholarship.

  • Diane Neudorf (chair)
  • Gary Ritchison
  • Matthew Reudink
  • Robert Aldredge

Travel Awards
Responsibilities: Organize and oversee awards for travel by students, post-doctoral fellows, and amateur/avocational ornithologists to annual meetings.

  • Julie Jedlicka (chair)
  • Dale Gawlik

Student Presentation Awards
Responsibilities: Organize awards and judge student presentations at annual meetings; serve as representatives or co-chairs on student presentation award committees at joint meetings.

  • Angela Tringali (chair;


Students & Early Professionals Committees

Students & Early Professionals Committee
Responsibilities: newly formed by Council in 2015.


Communications Committee

Responsibilities: To deliver the most timely information to our members and the wider ornithological community by utilizing email-based dynamic newsletters, the AFO website, and social media accounts. The committee oversees the following tasks: website administration, email-based newsletter administration, social media, content creation & solicitation, and language translation

  • Matthew Shumar (co-chair)
  • Jennifer Smith (co-chair)
  • Dan Ardia (ex-officio)
  • Valentina Ferretti (ex-officio)
  • Henrietta Bellman
  • Rebecka Brasso

The following individuals have assisted with translating our websites into Spanish and Portuguese: Pilar Benites, Leonardo Calle, Pedro Develey, Valentina Ferretti, Carla Suertegaray Fontana, Cecilia Kopuchian, Alex Jahn, Molly McDermott, Ivan Celso Carvalho Provinciato.


Foreign Language Translators

Responsibilities:  Translate AFO materials for/serve as a liaison with Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking members, researchers, and students.

Spanish Editors

  • Alex Jahn
  • Pilar Benites
  • Leonardo Calle
  • Juan Pablo Gomez
  • Gustavo Londoño
  • Raul A. Pérez-Rivera

Portuguese Editors

  • Jason Mobley


Annual Meeting


  • *info coming soon*

2018 – Chattanooga, TN, USA

  • Joint meeting of the AFO and Wilson Ornithological Society
  • AFO Chair: David Aborn

2017 – Ornithological Congress of the Americas, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina (August 8-11, 2017)

  • Joint meeting of the AFO, Brazilian Society of Ornithology, and Aves Argentina
  • AFO Co-Chairs, Valentina Ferretti and Alex Jahn
  • Pedro Devely, SBO President
  • Cecilia Kopuchian, Aves Argentina

2016 – NAOC in Washington DC, USA

  • Steering Committee: Dan Cristol, Representative