I am a graduate student in the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi and a member of the Resetarits lab. I conduct my research at the University of Mississippi Field Station, located northeast of Oxford in Lafayette County, Mississippi. Previously, I was a graduate student in the Biology Department at Texas Tech University and conducted my research for two summers at Tyson Research Center near St. Louis, Missouri.
I obtained my bachelor's degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine where I had a concentration in ecology and was a member of the Honors College. I conducted my honors thesis research on the effects of landscape acidification at the Bear Brook Watershed in Maine on ovenbird territory size and nestling growth under the supervision of Brian J. Olsen.
While in college and before graduate school, I had opportunities to work in some of the most scenic places in the United States. I was first a member on a fisheries crew in Sawtooth National Recreation Area, which truly ingrained in me the desire to explore wild places, which you can check out here and at its associated Youtube channel. I returned to the Fairfield Ranger District of Sawtooth National Forest three years later to lead a fisheries crew, prior to which I worked with the sustainability team in Zion National Park and the resource management division in Prince William Forest Park.
I am a proponent of the open knowledge movement, including open access, open source, and related projects, particularly Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and OpenStreetMap, all of which I am a contributor to. I also occasionally contribute to the Encyclopedia of Earth, an expert-written and peer-reviewed online encyclopedia.