I am a conservationist, scientist, science communicator, and natural sounds recordist working for the Sound and Light Ecology Team at Colorado State University. My educational background includes obtaining graduate degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology studying how humans impact species distribution and communication.
I manage the Listening Lab at CSU, where I lead a team of undergraduate students in helping the National Parks quantify noise pollution and its impact on wildlife and visitor enjoyment. In addition to this work, I spend countless days a year, traveling to wilderness areas to record natural sounds. These recordings are used to engage the public in conversations about public lands protection and conservation. My work is featured online and in visitor centers of Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. It has also been featured in numerous mainstream press features and pieces.
Finally, I'm also a National Geographic Explorer. I spent spring 2019 traveling from coastal Louisiana to northern Minnesota, following the spring bird migration. Along the way I spoke with numerous people about their relationships with the natural world. I sought to understand and document how people and birds mutually share the natural world and how those relationships are frayed because of human activity on the planet. Project information can be found at www.voicesofaflyway.com.