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

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.

Interested in seeing what I’m up to these days? Head over to my Instagram account.