There is extraordinary value in literally immersing oneself in nature. Direct observation of living things enables us to find answers to our questions, and perhaps more importantly, to discover the right questions to ask in the first place. And for scientists, there is no more powerful tool than the manipulative experiment to establish causation and answer our dearest questions of how the world works.
To that end, I work in the field and lab using a combination of observational and manipulative experiments. Since 2010, I have completed over 1200 scientific dives in the tropical waters of The Bahamas, Caribbean, and Hawai'i.
I stand on the shoulders of ecologists and naturalists who have spent a lifetime intensely exploring small patches of the earth. Their place-based research, often at field stations, has yielded both exportable general knowledge and practical local knowledge. A special thanks to them and the places that have meant so much to me during my (as-of-yet short) career!