To date, my research has focused on providing fodder for an innovative educational pedagogy that combines place-based education with personalized connections to the land and rite-of-passage experiences (more information in the “About/Bio” section). My educational pursuits have relied upon grounding in ecological and anthropological research, including formal and informal research on many of New England’s ecosystems and their constituents, and experimental archaeological studies of the region’s pre-Columbian inhabitants.
My current research interests revolve around assessing the potential for a breeding population of naturalized Cougar (Puma concolor) in the Northeast. Despite the tendency of state agencies to downplay data indicating the presence of these large cats in our woodlands, reliable evidence has accrued over the last ten years. While the subspecies Puma concolor couguar that once roamed the eastern seaboard may (?) be extinct, Cougar from westward origin have taken up residence in the region. I am working to map home range potential in the New England states, assess traveling corridors, and to capture evidence of breeding pairs in the area.
See “About/Bio” section for more info…