My background is in both wildlife ecology and the human dimensions of wildlife management. I am particularly interested in individuals' connections with the natural world, and what the conservation means to them. I am passionate about environmental outreach, and narrowing the gap that currently seems to exist between research scientists/wildlife managers and the general public. I believe that everyone should have a voice when it comes to preservation of local resources and I love talking to people about their views on conservation and environmentalism. I am also interested in promoting greater inclusion and diversity in the fields of natural resource management.
My current research focuses on the management of timber rattlesnakes in Connecticut. I seek a greater understanding of how humans perceive and interact with this species, and how we can apply this knowledge toward creating more effective conservation strategies.
News and Events:
UPCOMING: October 11, 2017, at 9:30a.m., I will be defending my thesis research on the human dimensions of timber rattlesnake management in central Connecticut... the culmination of 2 years of research!
09/19/2017: Gave a talk today about the spatial analysis portion of my research at Pathways 2017. Really enjoying being surrounded by other Human Dimensions researchers in beautiful Colorado this week!
05/13/2017: I enjoyed speaking to a public audience about my research and rattlesnakes in Connecticut, and the engaging discussion that followed. Thanks to everyone who came out!
04/10/2017: I gave a talk on the spatial distribution of human attitudes toward rattlesnakes at the 2017 US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) annual conference in Baltimore, MD.