About me

Besides my scientific interests, I enjoy rock climbing, caving, and most recently, going for walks in the park with my wife Michelle and toddler Jay (born in 2020). My wife works at the non-profit Franklinton Farms. Because of my interest in bats, I serve on the Board of Directors for the North American Society for Bat Research and for Bat Conservation International which works to conserve bat populations around the world. I am very concerned about climate change, and want desperately to see a drastic carbon pricing as soon as possible. I support the organization 350.org, which advocates for the changes needed to combat the climate crisis, and World Wildlife Fund, which works to reduce the most pressing threats to the loss of biodiversity. I care deeply about human rights and extreme poverty, so I support Oxfam, Eden Reforestation Projects, one of the most efficient and effective non-profits (they employ people living in poverty around the world to plant 15 million trees per month, with ten trees planted for every dollar), and Amnesty International fights for human rights around the world. I’m interested in improving the incentive structures of science and academia. To this end, I support or participate in several organizations. Heterodox Academy aims to increase open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement. Wikimedia Foundation creates free and open knowledge for everyone. PLOS is the public library of science. ASAPbio promotes transparency and innovation in life science communication. Peer Community In provides a new way of doing peer review. SORTEE is the Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Here are some pictures:

In 2008, my wife and I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Here we are on Mt Whitney
We also enjoy traditional rock climbing. This is the final pitch of “Too Tough to Die” in Cochise Stronghold
Summit of Cochise Dome
Lake Tahoe
Indian Creek
Cirque of the Towers
Ancient Art, Fisher Towers
Jay born in Columbus Ohio, 2020

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