I've always been fascinated by wildlife, and am often found herping, beachcombing, or birdwatching. I'm particularly passionate about conservation and natural history. One of the issues I advocate most frequently about is the controversy around rattlesnake roundups. You can view an essay I wrote about the topic here, and a YouTube video showing the time-lapse process of creating a design advocating for the termination of roundups here.
I have participated in Waquoit Bay Reserve's TIDAL Quest program (co-taught by retired Professor Gilbert Newton) several summers in a row (2016-2019), collecting water quality data, tagging sea-run brook trout, working with invasive toxic clinging jellyfish, and monitoring the nitrogen levels of the bay.
Since April 2018, I have been documenting sightings of local wildlife. These sightings are uploaded to iNaturalist, an online community of naturalists that contribute to research by recording sightings of wildlife.
Starting June 2018, I got involved with Blanding's Turtle conservation. I worked with Grassroots Wildlife Conservation to raise and release the turtles during 10th grade Biology class. As of June 2019, I've helped release eight Blanding's turtles. In April 2019, I was invited to an elementary school in Holliston, MA, to talk about my experience with Blanding's turtle conservation with 1st and 2nd grade students.
Harvard Invitational Science Olympiad Meet Division C (Herpetology)
10th place Harvard Invitational Science Olympiad Meet Division C (Ornithology)
Blanding's Turtle Conservation Article published to REPTILES Magazine
Massachusetts State Science Olympiad Meet Division C (Herpetology)(solo)