I am an ornithologist and conservation biologist who has been working in the Caribbean for 27 years, including 4 years of field research on the breeding ecology and behavior of White-cheeked Pintails in the Bahamas, field research on West Indian Whistling-Ducks (WIWD) on Long Island, Bahamas, and involvement with the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) for many years. My B.Sc. is in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis. I received a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota. I have training, teaching, research and/or work experience in waterfowl and wetlands ecology and conservation, impacts of climate change on wetlands and waterfowl, biodiversity loss, invasive species, outreach and communication strategies, and surveying/monitoring techniques.
I am currently serving as President of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB). I work full-time on Caribbean bird conservation issues and projects with the SCSCB; our overarching objective is to increase the capacity of Caribbean ornithologists, resource managers, conservation organizations, institutions and local citizens to conserve the birds of the Caribbean and their habitats. We have a number of active projects and programs such as the West Indian Whistling-duck and Wetlands Conservation Project, Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC) Monitoring Program, Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival and new Caribbean Birding Trail Project. Active Working Groups include White-crowned Pigeon, Seabirds, Waterbirds, WIWD, Wildlife Art, Caribbean Bird Educators, Media, Parrots, Invasive Species, and more. The Society holds biennial regional meetings (our most recent meeting was in Freeport, Grand Bahama, July 2011), training workshops on wetlands education and bird monitoring, and we produce numerous outreach materials to help raise awareness about Caribbean birds and their habitats (e.g., Wondrous West Indian Wetlands: Teachers’ Resource Book, Migratory Birds of the Caribbean Coloring Book, bird identification cards, etc.).