Learning how communities make decisions that have an impact on local, regional, and larger scale ecosystems and biological functioning fascinate me. My training and research focus has been to develop statistical models to understand community decision making in regards to ecosystem services at varying spatial scales. My research is interdisciplinary including economics, biology, ecology, applied sociology, and policy. As part of my research interests and training I teach undergraduate courses in applied statistics in both biology and resource economics. I also teach urban ecology as a discovery course. I work with undergraduate students in the UNH Freshwater Biology Lab on research projects that aim to develop an understanding of eco-toxins in local freshwater systems. I am passionate and enthusiastic about undergraduates doing scientific research and am thrilled to work in a college that values these experiences.