Long Live The Pollinators!
I am an ecologist and evolutionary biologist broadly interested in conservation biology, community ecology, and pollination. I am particularly interested in the ways that human activities affect plants, pollinators, and their interactions. As an avid naturalist and outdoorsman I love fieldwork and field experiments, but I don't feel that research is complete without rigorous data analysis and mathematical modeling. In my current position as the Containment Director and Chief Entomologist with the Thanksgiving Point Institute, I am working to create a world class butterfly garden and insectarium to teach kids and families about the beauty and importance of insects and other arthropods. Our new facility, the Butterfly Biopshere, should open to the public in early 2019. Prior to moving back to Utah to work for Thanksgiving Point, I worked as a conservation biologist for Disney. I was also a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab of Dr. Jaret Daniels from the University of Florida's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. As a postdoctoral researcher, I used my knowledge of the threats facing pollinators to create a long-term adaptive management plan for butterfly conservation in Florida and California. As a graduate student in Rebecca Irwin's lab at Dartmouth College, my dissertation research focused on how altering flowering phenology affects plant reproduction, pollen limitation, and plant-pollinator interactions. In the future I would like to continue using field experiments to answer questions about how climate change may affect plants and their pollinators, and use the knowledge to inform conservation actions. I am also very excited about using citizen science projects to generate data and create pollinator habitats worldwide.