Spotlight

I am fortunate to have received awards, press, and public speaking opportunities that reached large groups of people to disseminated my research and hopefully have some positive influence. I highlight these events and publications here:

Science recently highlighted my collaborative work on lightning disturbance. This article was prompted by an Oral Session that I organized at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America meeting in 2019. Click here to read more.

I represented the Graduate School at the university-wide graduation ceremony in December 2018 because I was awarded the Guy Stevenson Award, which is given to the “most outstanding graduate doctorate” at the University of Louisville. I was then selected to give the commencement speech to a crowd of more than 10,000 friends and relatives of the graduating class. I was very honored to receive this award and be chosen to speak to the students. My speech is embedded here:

As a consequence of receiving the Guy Stevenson Award, I also spoke at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony earlier the same day. Here is my speech to the graduating doctorates, their families, and their friends:

My collaborator (Jane Lucas) and I were interviewed by Mongabay regarding our publication on the the job market for conservation biologists with tertiary degrees (i.e., a masters or PhD). You can read more about our findings in the interview here.

In 2018, an undergraduate student that I mentored (Noah Gripshover) published his undergraduate thesis. The findings of this manuscript were highlighted in Entomology Today, which you can read here. Noah is now finishing his Masters in animal behavior at the University of Cincinnati with plans to then pursue a PhD.

I presented the preliminary results of our work on lightning at the Ecological Society of America meeting in 2017 and they were highlighted in the American Geophysical Union’s publication EOS. You can read about how lightning is an important agent of large tree mortality here.

The University of Louisville wrote a short profile about my work as a graduate student in 2016. This article highlighted my background and interests in tropical ecology. Read more about it here.

Posing for a photo after a quick climb into the canopy. Photo Credit: Steve Yanoviak

I presented some of my early work on tree electrical properties at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in 2015. This work attracted the attention of a SICB writer who highlighted this work in an online publication. You can read more about it here.