I am originally from Missouri, having spent my childhood living in various state parks throughout the state (my dad was a state park superintendent). Spending so many hours in the woods during my formative years no doubt contributed to my chosen career path. Since my time in Missouri, where I received my undergraduate degree, I have bounced around the country on various wildlife projects (Montana, Texas, Indiana, West Virginia…..) before landing in the great state of Wisconsin.
I have diverse research interests, but primarily I work in the field of wildlife ecology and conservation. Although my previous work has involved a variety of species, my current work primarily revolves around gray wolves in Wisconsin. Wolves are a fun species to work with for several reasons. First, they have the capacity to affect nearly every other component of the ecosystem, so I find them very interesting from a purely scientific perspective. Second, they are now considered a game species, so researching their populations can (and I would argue should) have very direct management and conservation consequences. Lastly, everybody has an opinion about them!
Aside from work, which I do actually enjoy, I spend most of my time with my wife and my son exploring the great town of Madison and the upper midwest as a whole. We’ve already spent many hours at the zoo (I’m molding my son into a future wildlife biologist!) and on the water. I also enjoy playing basketball (provided everyone else is old and slow like me), watching hockey, partaking in craft beer, and sampling the best thing that Wisconsin has to offer….cheese!