Service to Profession

I review manuscripts for the scientific journals: PLOS ONE, Oecologia and The Chat.

I served as an officer for the Duke University Student Association of Wetland Scientists (SAWS), the local student chapter of my professional organization, the Society of Wetland Scientists from 2013-2015.  I helped organize volunteers for invasive species eradication, native species planting and cleanup in a local stream and wetland park.  For SAWS I also led kayaking and birding trips for Duke University masters students to Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge and Jordan Lake.

Service to Duke University

Chapel Woods

I represented the Environmental Science and Policy PhD program for three years on the Duke Graduate and Professional Student Council. In spring, 2015 I co-wrote and presented resolutions advocating for the preservation of old growth forests on campus and for bird-friendly design of buildings on campus.  Both resolutions passed and have had an immediate impact on the siting and design of ongoing construction projects on Duke University’s rapidly growing campus.

I also served on the Campus Sustainability Committee and Natural Resources Subcommittee, charged with building a framework for evaluating natural areas on campus.


While at Duke University I regularly led undergraduate environmental science classes on field trips through a local wetland to teach them about the functions a values provided by aquatic ecosystems.

I also regularly led groups of Masters and PhD students from Nicholas School Naturalists and the Student Association of Wetland Scientists on a birding trip to the North Carolina coast.

Service to Community

scouts group 11 2011I have frequently volunteered my time and passion for environmental education to local schools, museums and non-governmental organizations including: the North Carolina Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Jordan High School, Carolina Bird Club, Boy Scouts of American and Sierra Club.



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