What do you enjoy most/what do you find most interesting about your research topic?
The opportunity to use science in solving natural resource management problems is of great interest to me. Starting with designing applied research to answer specific management questions, such as “How to harvest for timber and maintain wildlife habitat in the same landscape?”, and ending with discussing the management implications of the study findings. In addition to the scientific challenges, the process of adapting management based on science has the interesting challenge of bringing together people from very different professional fields.
How does citizen science support your research?
More boots on the ground to help collect field data and more ears to process the audio files recorded during our project will certainly help. I see at least two other important contributions of citizen science: helping to communicate our research to a broader audience and volunteers coming up with questions and solutions that we, the researchers, have not thought of.
What is one of your favorite moments in the field?
Observing a spotted owl patiently teaching its two owlets how to eat a mouse. It took a good half an hour and multiple retrievals from the ground until the babies figured out the technique.