I grew up on a farm in Ohio as the son of a seventh generation farmer and have been an avid birder for as long as I can remember. I received my B.A. in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, where I studied feather-degrading bacilli in the plumage of birds with Dr. Edward H. Burtt Jr. I am currently a PhD candidate at Tulane University working with Dr. Tom Sherry. My current research centers on interspecific competition and community structure in wintering migratory birds.