Vlogger, Behavioral Ecologist
I grew up in the Midwest USA where I developed a love for all things outdoors (including riding mini bikes). I didn’t know what I really wanted to do for a career, but I knew that I enjoyed watching animals and being in the woods, so when I got the chance to study Marine Biology in coastal Texas after high school I jumped at the chance! During my junior year at college, I got the chance to intern at a cephalopod research center, and something really clicked for me. I was dead set on seeing the world and studying octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish. After lots of travel, odd jobs, and an MSc in Oregon, I got the opportunity to do my PhD in Australia; in Tasmania to be exact. After school I worked as a wildlife biologist for a state agency, a wicked field wrangler of many lizards, and as a co-director of a research program devoted to improving working outcomes for domestic dogs! More recently, I got back into lizard work in the Australian outback, as well as science education. My current position is starting a science program at an alternative high school in coastal Oregon, serving at-risk youth. Our country is hurting! And I don’t know what to do about it, but I need to do something.