My childhood interest in natural history has led to more than 40 years (so far!) in conservation biology. After earning an undergraduate degree in Biology (Colby College 1975) and a master's in Zoology (University of Connecticut 1978), I worked for 18 years before returning to academia for a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology (University of Maine 2004). I am particularly interested in the influence of human activities on wildlife use of the landscape, and have explored this topic with respect to harvesting patterns in spruce-fir forests and development patterns in urban and suburban settings. Rusty Blackbird research is great because I get to explore remote wetlands, and spruce-fir is my favorite habitat!