Faces of AOS: Auriel M. V. Fournier Bio

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• My position with AOS:
Early Career Committee Member – Professional Development SubCommittee

• My current full-time title and institution:
Postdoctoral Research Associate – Mississippi State University, Coastal Research and Extension Center

• My current career stage:

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
BS in Wildlife Ecology and Management at Michigan Technological University, worked in the Joseph Bump and David Flaspohler Labs
PhD in Biology in the Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Arkansas, David Krementz Lab
Postdoc with Drs. Jim Lyons and Mark Woodrey, Mississippi State University, Coastal Research and Extension

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I put numbers to how people who are about birds feel about those birds and use those numbers to help people who care about birds make better choices.

• My favorite bird and why:
Common Loon was my original favorite bird, and I still adore them. Also, all rails.

• I am involved with AOS because:
AOS has become my home professional society, providing a place to be apart of the larger ornithology community as I move through my career.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Being apart of an organization that is open and willing to grow and change as the needs of its membership grow and change, not every professional group is willing to do that, and it makes it a much more rewarding, welcoming and enjoyable place to be.

• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are a great bridge between people and their environment, they capture our imagination, are a source of wonder and challenge our sense of place. Birds are important to me because they are different things to different people, and can be used to help everyone connect more with the world around them.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Don’t be afraid of hard things or hard problems. Bring your own unique take to hard problems, you’re perspective might provide just the answer that ornithology has been looking for!

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
How can we make entering the ornithology accessible to everyone regardless of background, experience or financial resources? Right now many ways of entering ornithology require unpaid or very low paying work, which is not accessible to those without financial resources and that is just not acceptable.

• Fun random fact about myself:
I am basically black rail repellent. Do you not want to see a black rail? Bring me with you. (n=11)


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