AOS members care so much about the society, which makes participating in AOS incredibly rewarding.Morgan Tingley
Current institution and/or position: Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Scientific research goals and achievements: I study how large-scale anthropogenic change, primarily climate change, affects species ranges and community dynamics over time. Over my career, I’ve shifted from being solely a field ornithologist to increasingly relying on ‘big data’ like eBird and sensors, which also requires me to be quite comfortable with coding and stats. Asking questions at large spatial and temporal scales is super fun.
Fun fact: Seven years ago I started a stupid but fun game called the “Bird of the Day Challenge,” where every day gets a different bird you could see in the U.S. One point per bird! It’s fun to get motivated to go out and see even common birds.
Why have you chosen to be a member of the AOS?
As a grad student I explored different academic societies, but I kept being drawn back to AOS. AOS members care so much about the society, which makes participating in AOS incredibly rewarding. Having chaired Student Awards for 5 years, and mostly recently being an Elected Councilor for 3 years, I am now thoroughly entrenched in AOS and am proud of the exciting initiatives the society is leading.
Note: Morgan is a past AOS James G. Cooper Early Professional Award (2012) winner and a former AOS Councilor.