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The Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit

The University of Montana

Ahvi Potticary

Ahvi in field
Plot 2 on Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo


B.A. Psychology, The University of Montana 2010

B.A. Organismal and Ecological Biology, The University of Montana 2010


     My love of birds started sprang from a random confluence of raising a barn swallow in my room and learning that birds are dinosaurs as a child. Since then, I have worked with birds continuously, including raptors at the Oregon Zoo, at the Fort Missoula Flight lab, and for Dr. Thomas Martin since 2007 in the Bird Lab. 

     For the past two years, I have worked in Australia with red-backed fairy-wrens and for Dr. Martin at his Borneo field site.  In the end, the gravitational pull of the Bird Lab proved to be too strong, so I am currently supervising the Martin Bird Lab and the Borneo project. I feel extraordinarily fortunate to be a part of such a great lab that allows me to work with knowledgeable scientists and to stalk birds in far away places.

Natural Sciences Room 205

Missoula, MT 59812