Hi folks! I have been living in Florida since 1974 and have been working in wildlife conservation the entire time. My first job was on a sea turtle project on Jupiter Island where we tagged nesting sea turtles and moved turtle nests from an area undergoing beach renourishment. My second job was a seasonal laborer on Arthur R Marshall, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. From there I was hired by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). I worked in a number of positions including technician, area biologist, regional biologist, regional director, assistant division director and finally as the director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation. The Division of Habitat and Species Conservation is a large management division with sections that focus on terrestrial habitat management, restoration and land acquisition; aquatic habitat management and restoration; landowner assistance; environmental commenting; imperiled species management; nongame species management; invasive plant management and control and exotic animal species management and control. I left this position after 36 years with the FWC to accept a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the new Coordinator for the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). My first day on the job is June 20th, 2011 and I look forward to building the LCC partnership and working with the entire conservation community in Florida.
I am originally from Connecticut and have a B.S. degree in Wildlife Science from Cornell University. Additionally, I have received accreditation from The Wildlife Society as a certified wildlife biologist. I currently live in Tallahassee where I enjoy a more temperate climate than that found in the peninsula of Florida. I enjoy reading, geocaching, fly fishing, wildlife observation and I am still trying to master the digital camera given to me by my FWC co-workers as a retirement gift.