I am an ecologist, evolutionary biologists, naturalist, teacher, photographer, musician, and a postdoctoral research associate at University of Central Florida’s Department of Biology. I am passionate about observing, admiring, understanding, and sharing the beauty and complexity of organisms of all sizes. My current research with Barb Sharanowski seeks to engage the public through citizen science to study wildflower restoration, plant-pollinator interactions, and insect natural history. My previous and ongoing postdoc research with Lars Brudvig focuses on understanding how agricultural land-use history and restoration shapes biodiversity in longleaf pine savannas. Before that my grad work with Marc Johnson was on evolutionary ecology of plant-herbivore interactions and back in the day as an undergrad I worked with Josh Tewksbury to explore how habitat fragmentation shaped plant-herbivore interactions.

This blog is mostly a place to share nature photos, natural history stories, and other nifty biological facts and revelations. I also sometimes post about grad student life, mental health, academia, etc and also the occasional cat picture of my adorable cat Shamrock.  You can follow me on twitter, check out my natural history sketches on tumblr, and for more info about me, see here.

Email: nashuagoats @ starts with g and ends with mail
Twitter: @NashTurley