I am currently working as a scientist contracted to the USGS, in the lab of Dr. Kristen Hart. I recently completed by M.S. degree, researching spatial ecology of invasive Burmese pythons, under the advisement of Dr. Christina Romagosa. Prior to returning to school, I spent 4 years working as a research technician for UF FLREC (Mazzotti) and then USGS (Hart). I continue to work closely with the Romagosa and Mazzotti labs in my current position.
My interests are broad, but I generally like providing quantitative support for applied management problems, such as those related to invasive species management, ecosystem restoration and monitoring, or conservation biology. I have a strong interest in asking scientifically interesting questions that have direct management implications.
In the near future, I intend to return to school to pursue a Ph.D. in Ecology, with the hope of working in academia after I graduate.
My personal interests of course begin with nature and the outdoors. Herping and birding, camping, hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling. I am also SCUBA certified, although I don't dive much.
My other major interests are music, sports, and photography.
I play guitar, and I am trying to learn to play piano. I often play with friends and occasionally try to play at an open mic night.
My favorite sport is ice hockey, which I played throughout high school. While I was an undergrad and Master's student, I played intramural sports such as softball and flag football. I also particularly enjoy playing beach volleyball and basketball.
Photography is one of my greatest passions. I consider myself primarily a wildlife photographer. My goals are both to document the incredible experiences I have in the course of my career, and also to express myself artistically.
From January 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2014, I worked on completing my 365 Species Project. My goal was to take photos of 365 different species of organism and post them to my Flickr page, to help force me to shoot more often, shoot more diverse subjects, and improve as a wildlife and nature photographer. Now that it's complete, I am very proud of my body of work. Some highlights are available below. See the whole project on my Flickr, here.