Maddi Cowen

Maddi Cowen


Maddi is a PhD student at UCLA, working on understanding and predicting bird species coexistence using a mix of theoretical models and observational studies. She cares deeply about teaching and mentoring students and making science more just.

Maddi grew up in Miami, Florida, where she became enamored with birds and nature and concerned about climate change. She decided to pursue ecology after hanging out with lots of California scrub-jays at Pomona college.

  • Birdwatching
  • Cooking and baking
  • Painting
  • Reading and writing fiction