The nestlings: Nico, Enzo and Rosa

While it may seem odd to have a single moment that changed your life, I can trace the beginning of my career back to trout and bass fishing in and around the Shennandoah Valley of Viriginia.  Predictive enough, at my undergraduate department’s (Communications) award party at James Madison University, I was voted “Most Likely to Have a Wildlife TV Show.”  The story that led me from trout to ornithology is a bit too long to detail here, but needless to say, those days helped me recognize what interested me the most: questions about wildlife and human-wildlife interactions.  I have studied with amazing mentors, conducted fieldwork throughout North and Central America, traveled across the world for conferences, and learned a ton (and continue to learn) from friends and colleagues.  My projects, student research team and collaborators reflect this diversity today and will continue to do so in the future.  And most important, I get to share all of this with my sweet family, Stacey, Rosa, Nico and Enzo.


Associate Professor, 2015- Department of Environmental Studies, University of New England, Biddeford, ME

Assistant Professor, 2009- Department of Environmental Studies, University of New England, Biddeford, ME

Post-doctoral Fellow and Lecturer, 2007-09 The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Wildlife Biology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT



Ph.D. Natural Resources, concentration in Wildlife Biology; 2007, University of Vermont, VT Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Dissertation: Effects of hayfield management on grassland songbirds: behavioral

         responses and population processes.

Co-advisors: Dr. Therese Donovan, Dr. Allan Strong

M.A. Environmental Conservation Education; 1999, New York University

Thesis: Comparing land use and land ethics along the eastern and western slopes of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains

Advisor: Dr. Millard Clements

B.S. English; Speech Communications; 1997 James Madison University, cum laude