Allison Huysman is a field biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center. She currently assists with field work on two gray catbird projects in the Washington, D.C., area relating to the species' song variation, reproductive success and migratory connectivity in sites that range from urban to rural.
Huysman's projects include:
- Data collection for song analysis and breeding success of gray catbirds along a rural to urban gradient in the Washington, D.C. area
- Assisting with deployment and collection of geolocator tags to determine migratory connectivity of gray catbirds
Huysman received a bachelor’s of science in natural resources and animal science from Cornell University in 2015. She came to the Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) shortly after, where she assisted with Bridging the Americas, an educational program that links classrooms in the United States and Latin America. She has since also been involved with education for Urban Nestwatch, an extensive literature review for the Migratory Connectivity Project, and most recently, as an education coordinator and bird bander at SMBC’s Mad Island banding station in Texas.