Aldo Leopold said, “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” I am one of the latter. As a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist, I want to know how animal populations persist on our landscapes. As a science communicator, I want people to learn about the animals around us and help them appreciate the inherent value of the natural world and biological diversity.
I am the Reptile and Amphibian Research Leader of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). Separately, and on my own time, I am the founder and Executive Director of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and serve on the Board of Directors of the Wildlands Network.
I received my B.S. from the University of New Hampshire (2001) and my M.S. from the SUNY-ESF (2003). I was a lead research technician at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center for three years before earning my Ph.D. from Auburn University (2011). I worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Virginia Tech (2012-2013), before becoming an assistant research professor at Auburn University (2014-2017), and then research ecologist of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (2018-2019) before relocating to Florida.