Climate with Tyler Hallman: Program Meeting, Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 pm
We live in a rapidly changing world. As landscapes transform, so too do the patterns of distribution and abundance of the species that inhabit them. Human-assisted dispersal and changes in climate contribute to combinations of species that have never before had to share the same territory. At the same time, some birds that were once common in the Willamette Valley are now rarely found. Through range expansion, others that were rare vagrants have now become commonplace.
As an ornithologist from Oregon State University, Tyler Hallman, Ph.D, is uniquely well-equipped to share data illustrative of these changes. While an undergraduate at Pitzer College, he helped design a course on how to survey bird populations. Then in 2012 Tyler moved to Oregon to begin his Ph.D. as a part of the Oregon 2020 project, in which his participation and contributions have become essential. His research focuses on how to map the distributions and abundances of birds, how these distributions and abundances have changed through time, and how to use citizen science data to address these questions.
Tyler was introduced to birding at a young age by his father, the then-president of the Pasadena Audubon Society. Tyler received his undergraduate degree in Organismal Biology from Pitzer College, his M.S. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 2018. He has designed and taught classes about birds since his senior year at Pitzer College, including Systematics of Birds at Oregon State. He has also worked as a field technician, nest searching for grassland species in Nebraska, hawk-watching in the Grand Canyon National Park, and monitoring swallow breeding biology in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.