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Alexandra Anderson, Ph.D.

Quantitative Ecologist
B.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; M.S., Raptor Biology, Boise State University; Ph.D., Environmental and Life Sciences, Trent University

Alexandra (Allie) Anderson is a wildlife biologist and quantitative ecologist with the Shorebird Science and Conservation Collective. Through the Shorebird Collective, Anderson is aggregating and integrating shorebird tracking datasets from multiple governments, universities and nonprofits to provide quantitative and analytical support that informs on-the-ground shorebird conservation initiatives.

Anderson has more than 10 years of experience studying migration and behavior of birds and mammals across 10 states and provinces. She has a strong interest in statistics and coding and has analyzed large shorebird tracking datasets as part of her Ph.D. research on shorebird stopover and migration ecology in the Canadian subarctic.

Anderson received a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; a Master of Science in raptor biology from Boise State University in Idaho, where she studied breeding and migration phenology of American kestrels; and a doctorate from Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Anderson worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Birds Canada and Trent University. She also worked as a biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry examining the effects of wind turbine height on bat and swallow fatalities and erecting an automated radio telemetry array to track regional movements of bats.

Outside of work, Anderson enjoys hiking, skiing, bird watching, gardening and baking.

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