About Me

Life History

Interesting Facts:
– Native to North Carolina but I have lived and worked in 7 other US states since 2007
– Have visited and traveled in 47 US states and 9 countries across 4 continents
– Hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with my father in 2008
– Have worked such various jobs as musician, pool cleaner, snow ski instructor, canoe/hiking/rock climbing trip leader, biological field technician, environmental educator, and leadership education intern
– Spent 88 days backpacking, caving, rock climbing, and river canoeing in the American Southwest as a spring semester student with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
– Earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14
– Before majoring in biology as an undergraduate, I originally planned to pursue a career in wilderness medicine and as an expedition trip leader

Can be found in a diverse range of habitats, including tidal marshes, maritime forests, mixed and deciduous forests, temperate rainforest of the southern Appalachians, and mixed-grass prairie

vertebrates, fruits, seeds, vegetables, cheese,  bourbon, tequila, gin & tonics.

Can occasionally be found reading, birding, playing guitar, watching movies, playing outdoors, and tinkering with electronics;
past behavior: snow skiing, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, SCUBA and snorkeling

Graduate of:
The Asheville School (High School, 2002)
National Outdoor Leadership School (Spring Semester in the Southwest, 2005)
College of Charleston (BA Biology, 2007)
The Citadel (MA Biology, 2014)



pickin’ and singin’ at the 2016 NAOC Bird Jam (Washington DC)


on stage with my pal Dr. Bill Jensen (pictured right) at the 2016 NAOC Bird Jam (Washington DC)


on stage with my pal Dr. Bill Jensen (pictured right) at the 2016 NAOC Bird Jam (Washington DC)


pickin’ and grinnin’ with friends at the 2015 AOU-COS Meeting Bird Jam (Norman, Oklahoma) (from left to right: me, Alice Boyle, Robert Rosenberg, Bill Jensen)


me and my dad at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (October 2008)


found a souvenir with one of the safari guides (Kenya 2008)


banding Wilson’s Plovers on Kiawah Island, SC


staying at Last Mountain Lake Bird Observatory, SK, Canada for my 2016 field season


rock climbing at Looking Glass Rock, Brevard, North Carolina



taking a quick plunge in the Edisto River (South Carolina)


taking a break on the Edisto River (South Carolina)


dressed for success and ready to shred (Canyons Resort, Park City, Utah)


recording bird songs in western North Carolina during my 12-day field course at the Highlands Biological Station (Highlands, NC)