My academic interests focus on the relationships between humans, climate and the environment through time. I enjoy hiking and fly fishing, and my passion for the outdoors has led to my involvement in projects that aim to preserve the natural landscapes that we see around us. I grew up in Jamaica, and have always wanted to contribute meaningfully to the development of this beautiful island that I call home. This research project provides me with a special opportunity to fulfill this lifelong dream. It is my hope that scientific advances in biodiversity conservation will enable us to protect the natural environments that we rely on, so that future generations will be able to appreciate and enjoy nature as we do today.