What I strive for in research is not the quest for a particular bit of knowledge, but the creation of a climate of discovery in which everyone involved knows that we are doing the real thing. The research topics are diverse because this provides more opportunity for truly independent student research and best suits the environment of close faculty mentorship that is the hallmark of science education at the College of William & Mary. While education is always on my mind, research is my passion, and I pursue it with the same professionalism and zeal that I would if research were all I did.
My recent ornithological research falls into the following categories. Right now, it's all mercury all the time.