Ecology, PhD. Penn State, 2009
Applied Statistics, BSc. Sheffield Hallam University, 1992
After graduating I worked for two years as a Research Assistant in a Health Economics at York University (UK). In 1994 I was fortunate to fuse my career with my lifelong interest in birds and conservation when I started working at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), a non-governmental research institute. Following ten happy and productive years at the BTO I moved the US for graduate school in 2004 and continued my research on the effects of agriculture on bird populations. Concurrent with grad school I was heavily involved in the Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas project during six years of fieldwork (2004-2009) and ultimately was the lead editor on the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania, which was published in 2012. I first taught in Environmental Studies at Gettysburg College as an adjunct professor in Spring 2010 and joined the faculty full-time as a visiting professor in Fall 2011. At Gettysburg I will maintain a research program focused on large-scale bird conservation issues but as the Environmental Studies department’s“Wildlife Ecologist” I’m looking forward to broadening my horizons to animals without feathers! I’m excited to have the opportunity to build a research program that complements my classes and provides plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research.
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