Birds on the Brain
A self-professed “outdoor bum,” Professor Peter Hodum, biology and environmental policy and decision making, spends his nonteaching days by the sea studying birds. Seabirds are a passion he discovered as a first-year student doing summer research at Bowdoin College. That opportunity was “revelatory and transformative,” he says. Now, his research centers on seabird conservation, specifically community-based conservation—an approach that centers local communities in the work. We recently talked with him about his love for birds and conservation, and how he brings this enthusiasm into the classroom.