Hi, I'm a marine ecologist, spare-time writer, and unprofessional picture taker. I use this site to showcase my science and photography, as well as to blog about fieldwork and everyday life. My interest in seabird research in particular has taken me to various locations across the Pacific; on islands in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, off the coasts of California and Oregon, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and Tasmania. Spending time in these often remote locations has afforded me a unique opportunity to document wildlife and landscapes inaccessible to most. Photography has been an important tool in bringing my stories and observations home to share with others, a hobby that has grown into a kind of obsession.
I work for Point Blue Conservation Science as one of the Farallon Island Program Biologists, while at the same time finishing up my masters degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Generally, I am interested in the spatial ecology and movement patterns of seabirds once they depart their breeding colonies, and the ways in which oceanographic variability influences specific breeding parameters. My current research addresses questions related to age-specific reproductive strategies of Cassin's auklets, along with the winter dispersal patterns of seabirds from Southeast Farallon Island, California.