To leverage the power of data and multimedia to advance our understanding of biodiversity and our relationship with it.
My ambitions lie at the intersection of multimedia storytelling and basic science, where stories about the biological wonders of our planet and the many lessons they teach us collide.
As a scientist and a naturalist, I’m interested in uncovering novel insights about how biodiversity came about and functions. With a focus on birds and their natural history, I want to explore how groups of species interact, how these interactions affect their evolution, and how their unique characteristics change as part of this process. Community ecology, macroecology, systematics, citizen science, and biogeography are all part of this—it’s one of the theaters in which ecology and evolutionary biology are being combined into a more unified biodiversity science.
As a creative and a storyteller—which is to say a writer, photographer, graphic designer, and (at the moment, aspiring) filmmaker—I’m interested in sharing the intricacies of biodiversity in timely, imaginative, and impactful ways.
I revel in the intricacies of our planet’s many species, am moved by human-environment relationships, and am a shameless adventure junkie—including the adventure that is science. Strengthening the relationship between our broader culture and the people of science is a major priority of mine, and one of the best ways to do this is with raw, beautiful, and deeply human stories. That is, after all, how we came to know ourselves, both as individuals and as a species writ large.
At this time, I'm wrapping up my undergraduate degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities campus. This has included the privilege of living in Minnesota's Twin Cities metro area, where I work with the Bell Museum of Natural History, LT Media Lab, the University of Minnesota's Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, the American Birding Association, and the National Audubon Society.