I’m currently a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Mississippi State University working on Structured Decision Making tools to support the Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network, where I am supervised by Drs. Jim Lyons and Mark Woodrey.

I completed my PhD in Biology at the University of Arkansas through the Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in March 2017.

My goal is to do work that promotes bird conservation and to help connect the people around me with the natural world. I love spending time in the field, and I love writing code, so I’m trying to weave together a career to help birds and keeps me out in the field and coding. I also really enjoy teaching people about programming and statistics. I am an instructor for Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry and I love sitting down with most anyone to teach them about R, reproducible research and statistics.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at aurielfournier@gmail.com, or on twitter @RallidaeRule

My project has been highlighted in several blog posts and podcasts

BreakingBio Podcast
Show me the rails - University of Arkansas Field Notes Blog
Working the Night Shift - University of Arkansas Field Notes Blog
Arkansas grad student hopes to track birds as they migrate through Missouri - St Joseph News-Press

Other Places to find me

Google Scholar
Research Gate

Non-Peer Reviewed Writing

I’ve written for GradHacker, NemesisBird & Dispatches from the Field ScienceBorealis

R in Ecology: Domino Data Blog
World Wetlands Day: The Hunter and the data cruncher: Science Borealis
Why is there error in statistics: Science Borealis
Family Ties and Grad School Whys : Gradhacker
The Rallidae Rock : NemesisBird
Wetland Management for Rails and Finding Tips : NemesisBird
How Long Do Indigo Buntings Live? : NemesisBird
Turning Over the Keys: When it Becomes Your Field Work : Dispatches From The Field