I am the Collections Manager of Ornithology in the Research & Collections Department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. I manage over 124,000 physical specimens as well as the associated data in our EMu database so they can be used by various researchers, students, and visitors. I set project priorities informed by data and collaborate across departments for collections management, conservation, outreach, and education.


I received my Ph.D. from the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, co-advised by Drs. John Fitzpatrick and Mike Webster. I conducted all fieldwork at Archbold Biological Station with Dr. Reed Bowman. My dissertation focused on understanding variation in life history strategies and dispersal decisions in the cooperatively breeding Florida scrub-jay. I used long-term historical data and field-collected data, as well as a newly developed tracking technology to study movement leading up to dispersal.

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Young Ha Suh (she/her), PhD
*My last name rhymes with huh!

Collections Manager of Ornithology, Research & Collections
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, LA 90007

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