- ENVIR 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies
- ENVIR 250: Research Methods for Environmental Studies
- ENVIR 280: Natural History of the Puget Sound Region
- ENVIR 495: Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest
My academic interests are grounded in basic observations of nature. My undergraduate thesis analyzed the response of New England forests to the loss of the American chestnut, a once-prominent tree species virtually eliminated from eastern North America after the introduction of an exotic fungal pathogen.
My doctoral dissertation research took me to the rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama where I studied behavioral interactions between two hybridizing bird species to better understand how and why some traits are exchanged between species, while others are not. How species differences are maintained or dissolved has important implications not only for evolutionary biology, but also for conservation. I am also passionate about teaching.
In addition to my Environmental Studies courses, I teach ornithology, conservation biology, evolution, and an Exploration Seminar on ecology and conservation in Peru. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Washington’s many wilderness areas on foot and on skis.
Read about Tim’s popular Landscape in the Pacific Northwest course, which involves a 9-day trek into the Olympic wilderness: