Hi guys, I have some time off today after teaching, so after getting a whole mess of requests that I do one of these, here we are!
I'm a field biologist, technically an ecosystem ecologist, who primarily works with wild bird populations!
I do other work in wetlands and urban ecosystems, and have spent a good amount of time in the jungles of Costa Rica, where I fought off some of the deadliest snakes in the world while working to restore the native tropical forests with the aid of the Costa Rican government.
Aside from the biology, I used to perform comedy shows and was a cook for years!
Ask me anything at all, and I'd be glad to respond!
I've messaged some proof to the mods, so hopefully this gets verified!
You can check out some of my biology-related posts on my Redditor-inspired blog here!
I've also got a whole mess of videos up here, relating to various biological and ecological topics!
I WILL TRY MY VERY BEST TO RESPOND TO LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS THREAD!
EDIT: Okay, that was nine hours straight of answering questions. I'm going to go to bed now, because it's 4 AM. I'll be back to answer the rest tomorrow! Thanks for all the great questions, everyone!
EDIT 2: IM BACK, possibly with a vengeance. Or, at the very least, some answers. Woke up this morning to several text messages from real life friends about my AMA. Things have escalated quickly while I was asleep! My friends are very supportive!
EDIT 3: Okay, gotta go do some work! I answered a few hundred more questions and now willingly accept death. I'll be back to hopefully answer the rest
tonightbriefly before a meeting!
EDIT 4: Back! Laid out a plan for a new research project, and now I'm back, ready to answer the remainder of the questions. You guys have been incredibly supportive through PMs and many, many dick jokes. I approve of that, and I've been absolutely humbled by the great community response here! It's good to know people are still very excited by science! If there are any more questions, of any kind, let 'em fly and I'll try to get to them!
EDIT 5: Wow! This AMA got coverage on Mashable.com! Thanks a whole bunch, guys, this is ridiculously flattering! I'm still answering questions even as they trickle down in volume, so feel free to keep chatting!
EDIT 6: This AMA will keep going until the thread locks, so if you think of something, just write it in!
EDIT 8: Still going strong after
three four fivesix months! If you have a question, write it in! Sort by "new" to see the newest questions and answers!
EDIT 9: THE THREAD HAS OFFICIALLY LOCKED! I think I've gotten to, well, pretty much everyone, but it's been an awesome half-year of answering your questions!