I possess a Bachelors degree in Zoology, and a Masters degree that is focused on Advanced Inquiry-based Education in Biology. I also possess an additional three years of graduate coursework credit hours, research and teaching experience beyond my current degree program.
I am actively leveraging the American Avian Conservation & Research Institute, the not-for-profit organization that I founded, as a leader in ornithological science education and outreach to Ohios citizens. One of my goals is to improve scientific literacy among citizens and decision-makers by illustrating how biological principles influence and touch all aspects of our everyday lives.
I am also developing my own research interests which include studies of ultraviolet signals and visual communication in birds, and also elucidating the natural history of lesser known recently extinct bird species in the hope of improving conservation of taxonomically-related extant species.
I possess experience with donor-based fund-raising to support the the annual Ohio Avian Research Conference and the Dr, David R. Osborne student avian research presentation award. I am developing greater experience with writing small scientific grants to support my research.