When did you first identify as a scientist?
I started feeling comfortable identifying myself as a scientist when I was a PhD student. At that time, for me to identify myself as a scientist, it was important that I be engaged in research, that I know how to identify knowledge gaps in my area of research, and was working to answer novel research questions.
You studied political ecology — a field that might be unfamiliar to many of our members — for your Masters degree. What drew you to the field and how does it relate to the science your lab does now?