Tom recently learned that his proposal was selected for a NASA New Investigator in Earth Sciences award. This program is a highly competitive bi-annual grant opportunity for early career researchers in the earth sciences and provides three years of funding for research and education. The project is entitled, “Desert Birds in a Warming World: Characterizing thermal stress with daily Earth observation data in complex terrain”. The work will also involve educational co-investigator Jacque Ewing-Taylor (UNR/Raggio Research Center for STEM Education) and collaborators John Mejia (Desert Research Institute), Markus Neteler (Fundazione Edmund Mach), Anna Pidgeon (UW-Madison), and Blair Wolf (U. New Mexico).