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I grew up in Central Massachusetts and the greater New England area.  The more time I spent in the forest, the more I discovered that it was a part of my identity. Wild spaces became a sanctuary for me in my youth and continue to be of the utmost importance to me as an adult. Investigation and discovery in the outdoors led me to pursue a career in natural resource education and management. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts in 2012. I also completed a 1-year environmental education graduate program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Recently, I completed a Master of Arts in Biology through the University of Miami-Ohio and focused on developing my conservation photography skills. 

In 2013 I moved to Minnesota and joined the team as a naturalist at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.  I stayed on for two years and became deeply rooted and enamored with the north shore of Lake Superior. Today I live in Finland, Minnesota, and work as a wildlife technician with the U.S Forest Service. Much of my work is devoted to sustainably managing natural resources, educating others, and helping to create a more diverse and resilient landscape.

I first began experimenting with photography by using trail cameras to monitor wildlife in college. One of my first setups was on a deer carcass (killed by coyotes in western MA) and I was astounded at how many critters showed up to scavenge including fisher, coyote, barred owl, mink, and fox! I have been hooked on remote cameras and the mysteries they uncover ever since.

I believe technology can give us a profound window into the lives of untamed creatures; for me, it has fostered a greater appreciation and respect for the wild. Photography has taught me to interact more intimately with the environment, focus on detail, and to read the stories written in the earth. I am most interested in using my images and the accompanying tales as conservation tools. I strive to spark curiosity in others and help connect folks to the natural world. I believe images can induce powerful feelings, transfer knowledge, and facilitate informed decisions. 

*Ethics Statement from the Artist*

When I photograph animal subjects, I practice ethics that promote positive human-wildlife relationships. I take precautions not to habituate animals or alter natural behaviors. All animal subjects are wild and free and were not baited or called-in (unless explicitly stated and only under very specific instances). Some of my images were created using a lure or bait when working with Biologists or Researchers on conservation projects. I have also put remote cameras on road killed deer that I have removed from the roadway -- to highlight what scavengers of road kill are at risk of falling victim to the same fate. I believe truth in captioning is important -- especially in situations such as photographing a captive animal. Check out this wonderful resource by Jaymi Heimbuch on Baiting Wildlife and Truth in Captioning.   

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