Volunteering & Outreach
Community involvement is a key component of my approach to conservation. By seeking frequent and positive contact with the local community, I believe conservation scientists can enhance their societal impact, connect with and learn about important stakeholder groups, and gain a deeper, more contextual understanding of the sociocultural and ecological dynamics driving conservation problems in their study system. By constantly seeking opportunities to speak and listen to others, I hope to promote grassroots conservation and a stronger conservation ethic while also learning about the communities in which I work and the origins of their conservation issues. These opportunities have included public presentations, classroom games for grade schoolers, interactive talks at summer camps, university lectures, and volunteer consulting for ecosystem conservation.
My work at Tufts has given me many opportunities to mentor undergraduates and other early professionals in their pursuit of careers in ecology, wildlife conservation, and other STEM-related fields.
Doing field work in Hawai`i for my dissertation, I have also trained and mentored a number of undergraduate field assistants in basic techniques of field ecology and ornithology. Hands-on training in ecology is often difficult to find, and makes students highly competitive for graduate programs and entry-level research technician jobs in their career field.