Hi there! I'm Amy. I've been following WildHub on Twitter and just recently decided to join.
I'm a freelance scientist/INGO consultant living in South Africa. I'm American but have been living in ZA for over 6yrs with my spouse and trying to find my way in the world. I have a lot of experience in international development, living and working in East and southern Africa. I'm a biologist and geographer by training. I've always had a love for wildlife and conservation - I served in the US Peace Corps as a Parks and Wildlife Volunteer in Malawi. Currently, in collaboration with my husband and a small team, we serve our small rural communities with reptile education and assistance - mostly with snake catching/short distance relocation. I use every opportunity to educate community members on snakes. I'm playing catch up in knowledge/experience to my spouse and the big players in country. I'm also learning about local frogs.I primarily do remote work, with some international field work when needed. I consider myself a highly adaptable generalist. I am interested in so many things! My best projects and collaborations have been with PIs where I wasn't expected to know everything and could learn on the job. My latest publication (Nov 2020) was with the Mountain Goat Molt Project where we used community photography to investigate phenology (which got me really into citizen/community science!). I'm very proud of the work we accomplished - it was truly a global collaboration.I'm currently learning R in my spare time, hoping to gain further skills to be helpful when collaborating on projects.
Looking forward to following and getting to know many of you here!