Scientist, naturalist, writer
I am the Associate Director of Research at the American Wind Wildlife Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. My research interests are broad, ranging from natural history to sustainable development. I am especially interested in figuring out how to better connect science, conservation policy, and conservation practice.
I also have a longstaning interest in scientific publishing and scientific communication, which I am able to indulge as a freelance editor for PLOS Biology and as a very occasional blogger.
PhD in Wildlife Biology, 2003
University of Montana
MS in Wildlife Ecology, 1997
University of Arizona
BS in Wildlife Biology, 1995
University of Vermont
Bringing together scientists, conservation practitioners, policy-makers, industry representatives, and conservation financiers to develop a unified strategy for studying and conserving wild nature in Vermont
Spruce-fir forests blanket the mountaintops and cold valley bottoms of the northeastern United States. In them live a distinctive mix of plants and animals drawn from environments both north and south, forming a broad link between the great deciduous forests of the eastern United States and massive boreal forests of Canada and Alaska. This project explores the natural history of these forests, with a focus on its wildlife, and the ways in which human use, past and present, influence the nature of this wild landscape. In doing so, I look to answer a straightforward yet difficult question: how, in the face of climate change, growing human populations, and globalized commodity markets, can we sustain the many values provided by these forests, both for people and for wild nature?