It's not my usual maritima fare, but in the spirit of the holidays, a little something to make you smile on another topic of interest - the U.S. Census Bureau and its fearless employees, who will risk it all just to count you and your housemates.
I am a marine community ecologist and a lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Maryland. I co-direct the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology graduate program there. I am also a Smith Conservation Research Fellow and a research associate at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD. I research human impacts in coastal ecosystems. I have an eye for all sorts of natural history, and I'll share my sightings and musings with you here.