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. I am currently a Conservation Manager for Disney working to save wildlife and wild places and to connect kids and families nature. Prior to moving back to Florida to work for Disney, I was the Containment Director and Chief Entomologist for Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah where I helped to open an amazing new butterfly conservatory and insectarium. 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.