While growing up in downtown Boston, I began a career in field ecology by watching birds. Birdwatching soon evolved toward the scientific study of ecology and evolution while I attended Ohio Wesleyan University for my Bachelor of Arts. I am happily at home at Michigan State where I get to study ecology for living! When I'm not in the office or conducting field research, I spend my time learning about and seeking out nature in the field. I have a particular fondness for birds, mammals, herps, and insects, but I delight learning about all organisms.