Diversity at all levels of science is essential for generating innovative and representative research, mentoring future scientists, and teaching science to the next generation of leaders. Understanding the benefits of diversity and the imperative for equitable outcomes in science informs all aspects of my research program, from serving as a peer reviewer to defining roles in collaborations. If you collaborate with me, you can expect that I will create the conditions for inclusive team science, in which early-career researchers, women, and people of color do not have to fall back into diminished roles. If collaborations fail to meet this standard, I will address the issue with sensitivity and respect without putting the burden of this work on people who are most often affected. My behavior in collaborative groups is informed by experience and training from fellowships at the Switzer Foundation and National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). I take the responsibility of keeping up with the latest developments in inclusive science as seriously as keeping up with the latest advances in my area of research.
Because my research is often focused on conservation and other socio-environmental issues, I am especially interested in collaborations that integrate different types of knowledge to address environmental research questions in ways that ensure a high standard of scholarship and ethics. I view cultural sensitivity and a deep respect for all ways of knowing as fundamental to this type of work. Collaborators can expect that I will not dismiss approaches and perspectives that do not align with my own training. I am also responsive to the need to balance disciplinary norms and traditions – e.g. in publishing and writing content, style, and approach – to ensure that all participants in a collaboration meet their professional needs and goals.
There is a natural connection between my research and the quantitative social sciences, including environmental economics, decision analysis, social psychology. I am interested in developing new collaborations that take a quantitative view toward high stakes and urgent problems. I am also interested in research that bridges epistemological divides to provide more complete answers to socio-environmental research questions. Where the potential for this type of integration exists, I am open to exploring collaborations with people who have expertise with qualitative data or in other areas such as anthropology, justice, and political science. Please feel free to reach out if you are interested in exploring the potential for collaborative research, especially related to bird conservation and socio-environmental issues.