1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?
I can't pick just one, but I think just regularly being out in nature made a big difference. Lots of my memories of when I was younger involve being outside. I remember hiking at night in the
2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?
I got to hang out a lot at
Now? I don't have a favorite, but it's pretty great that I get to work at a nature preserve 3 days a week. Anywhere near water is good for me, and I'm lucky to have
3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is and why?
I have two favorites- sea turtles and dragonflies.
When I was in college, I had to watch a movie for my oceanography class and chose sea turtles as my subject. I fell in love with the babies waddling out on the sand to their first swim in the water. I was lucky enough to see adults when I visited
Dragonflies are a new fascination and I can't explain why. I just get so excited to see them flying around and I’m learning a lot about them.
4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?
I think the biggest challenge both now and in the future is the disconnect that humans have with the earth and how the basic things we need to survive are all natural and we so take them for granted. We need to reconnect and raise ecological literacy. How to do that I think is a huge challenge we need to tackle.
5. If you could give one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?
Learn about it, realize we are completely connected to it and even if you don't love it, learn to appreciate it and share that with those younger generations. You and they can't love what you/they don't know about.