|Title||From wildlife biology to soil science, the USDA and the United Nations|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Conference Name||2016 Ecological Society of America Meeting|
|Publisher||Ecological Society of America Meeting|
|Conference Location||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|ARIS Log Number||333071|
It all(?) started at age 18, wearing a rented tuxedo at the Explorers Club in NYC. I tried to explain my high school research on pine marten to my dinner companions while perched nervously on the dais. I haven’t worn a penguin suit since, but every year has been just as fascinating as I’ve worked my way down the “food chain” from predators to prey to plants to soils, and up from science to management to policy, all thanks to an incredible series of careers, and amazingly just one job, as a research scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.