After years of waking up at 4 a.m. and relentlessly trudging through tick-filled brush to try and (often unsuccessfully) track birds, Connor is excited to move into the world of conservation social science related to wildlife. Connor began his PhD at UC Davis in Fall 2020 after previously earning a B.S. in environmental and sustainability sciences from Cornell University and an M.S. in environment and natural resources from The Ohio State University. Connor is still trying to figure out a study system, but is generally interested in topics surrounding local conservation governance, community development, sense of place, and social-ecological systems. Connor ultimately hopes to apply social science methods and theories to address pressing conservation issues surrounding wildlife and people. Connor is also very passionate about teaching, and serves as a Teaching Assistant Consultant for the Center for Educational Effectiveness. Connor is excited to be living in sunny California and spend as much time as possible pursuing outdoor hobbies such as running, hiking, and birding.