Gustave Axelson

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Gustave Axelson is Editorial Director at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where he oversees content strategy and production for the Cornell Lab’s online and print publications. His charge is to use the power of storytelling to share the excitement of scientific research and discovery, within the Cornell Lab and around the world of ornithology, with our 60,000 members and 16 million friends on the web. As part of his duties, Gus serves as the editor for the Cornell Lab’s members-only magazine, Living Bird. His stories for the magazine have included post-Cold War birding in Hungary; searching for the flamboyant Araripe Manakin in Brazil; the vital connection between Colombia’s shade-coffee farms and America’s migratory warblers; and tagging along with scientists in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park to uncover the mysterious, ingenious, winter survival strategies of the charismatic Canada Jay. Prior to coming to the Cornell Lab, Axelson was managing editor for Minnesota Conservation magazine, where his team won three gold awards for the magazine for overall excellence at the annual Minnesota Magazine Publishers Awards. Axelson also personally won three gold awards for best feature article from MMPA, and he had one story on Northern Goshawks selected for inclusion in the 2010 Houghton Mifflin anthology of The Best North American Science and Nature Writing. Axelson is also a freelance writer for other publications such as The New York Times travel section, Backpacker magazine, and Men’s Journal. He lives north of Ithaca among the farm fields of Lansing with his wife, Amy, and two adventurous sons, Anders and Henrik.