My name is Heather. Heather headshot

I like to do things that allow me to explore new places and observe unnoticed stories.

I read a lot, scribble in notebooks every day, have adventures outdoors, and enjoy sending letters in the mail. This poster lives on my office wall and inspires me every time I look at it. I enjoy birdwatching, finding bugs, and looking for salamanders. I dream of someday owning two Roman Tufted Geese named “Magnus” and “Carlsen”. I love morning glories, sunflowers, trilliums, ferns, old-fashioned roses, and jack-in-the-pulpits. My work has been featured in Motherwell Magazine.

In a previous life I was an assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, with the Department of Earth and Environment. I earned my PhD in political science and environmental studies from Purdue University. My award-winning research investigated how different people think and talk about environmental issues, and how this impacted policy outcomes.

I wish I could play the piano, but I can’t. I like making scones, brewing kombucha, hanging out with animals and children, drinking too much coffee, and wondering about what will be coming next.