Today's storyteller is Dr Auriel Fournier! I found Auriel on Twitter because of her rail research, and then turns out that my friend Dr Craig Miller (Episode 27) now works with her at the Illinois Natural History Survey so he connected us. It's a small world out there y'all, and I was so happy to meet Auriel and have her on the pod. The title of the episode is a bit not descriptive enough for everything we talk about in this episode! Auriel is a wetland and waterfowl biologist and also currently the Director of the Forbes Biological Research Station with the Illinois Natural History Survey. For those that aren't in the secretive marsh bird world, rails are these often ground running elusive marsh birds, and they're really cool in my opinion. So in this episode we talk about Auriel's career, her education, advice for anyone interested in a similar type of career, her various research with rails and other birds, the romanticising of field work, Isle Royale, and what she's doing now in Illinois. Plus we take a dive into science fiction at the end. Enjoy!


You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42.

You can find Auriel on Twitter @RallidaeRule and on her website:

Isle Royale Long Term Wolf-Moose study:

Book List: The City We Became by NK Jemisin, Accidentals by Susan M Gaines, The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140 by KSR, The Expanse Series by James SA Corey

Episodes referenced in this episode: Craig Miller (Episode 27)

Recorded on 7 March 2021.

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