I am a behavioral and spatial ecologist, science communicator, and visual storyteller. I believe that transforming ecological knowledge into effective conservation decision-making requires exchanging information across disciplines and cultural barriers. For this reason, I aim to transform science into stories that can inform wildlife management by making information about the natural world more engaging and accessible to the scientific and non-scientific community.
I have collaborated on research projects throughout North America, East Africa, and Central and South America. In addition to research, I lead science communication initiatives and participate in various wildlife outreach projects, as well as teach and mentor students both inside and outside of the classroom.
I am currently finishing a PhD in Ecology in the Van Vuren lab at UC Davis, where I combine my background in science with my passion for visual storytelling in new and exciting ways. I was selected to be a Distinguished Fellow at IWFF Filmmaker Labs, a cross-disciplinary filmmaking workshop led by the International Wildlife Film Festival and Day's Edge Productions.
Richard Jackson Photography