Since I was old enough to realize that animals had minds of their own, animal behavior has driven my interest in the outdoors. However, I believe conserving ecosystem function in our rapidly changing world is the greatest challenge we face today. My research interests are thus unified by a common theme: applying lessons from research in animal behavior to better inform conservation practice, irrespective of the particulars of the taxa or ecosystems under study. I want to work at the intersection of basic and applied ecology, performing research that aids efforts to conserve imperiled populations and ecosystems while also developing ecological theory and gathering empirical support for it. To start my career, I'll be researching the challenges climate change pose to bats in the Goheen lab at the University of Wyoming.
Aside from my research, my professional passion is increasing access to science through open access publication and public outreach. All too often, important scientific developments are hidden behind paywalls that moderate their impact and prevent communities that can't or shouldn't pay (e.g. high school students, the general public, local governments, non-OECD university students) from engaging with those papers. The scientific community is increasingly developing promising new dissemination channels, but we must continue to make progress. Since moving to Laramie, I’ve also written popular media articles on environmental and policy issues, publishing in outlets including FiveThirtyEight, High Country News, and Backcountry Journal. I will continue writing for the popular media through graduate school and beyond. Additionally, I also host the Field Surveys podcast (sponsored by the Biodiversity Institute and Laramie Audubon Society) that explains the research performed by UWyo researchers, its applications to conservation, and why conservation matters. Field Surveys is available wherever you download your podcasts.
When I'm not science-ing, I'm usually outside with my wife and dog. You can find examples of my photography here. If I'm not doing that, I'm reading or writing. You can find examples of my writing here.
Click here to check out the awesome research my better half conducts on the influence of environmental change on evolution in African fish.