Brian J. Coyle worked with the Smithsonian, USFS, and USFW on research of endangered and threatened species before earning his PhD from the University of Maryland College Park, where he studied sexual selection and sensory ecology in Australian Bowerbirds. He joined the National Museum of Natural History in 2013 as a postdoc and then became lead coordinator for the Red Siskin Initiative. He now also works as a program manager with the Conservation Commons, helping to support and advance multi-unit, transdisciplinary collaboration that is increasing the scale and impact of Smithsonian conservation internationally. In this role he also contributes to the Earth Optimism Initiative, which highlights conservation solutions and stories of success from around the globe to promote sustainable behaviors and empower change agents of all ages and backgrounds. Brian lives with his family of people and many animals in Maryland where he enjoys working with neighbors on grassroots sustainability initiatives to achieve a cleaner, greener and healthier environment locally.
The Red Siskin Initiative is an international collaboration between Smithsonian scientists and local partners in Venezuela, Guyana, and Puerto Rico, that seeks to protect and restore habitats and populations of the Red Siskin, an iconic and endangered bird species.