I have not flown for professional reasons for over a decade. Although this has certainly hurt my career, I felt the change was necessary to try to limit the damage of climate change. I have been lucky enough to work in some amazing, remote wild places, and it is very painful to think of their disappearance. In fact, some of them already have. I still fly across the continent for my mother, for now. We need to change how early-career scientists are expected to develop their contacts and opportunities, and how we share information and communicate with each other to make air travel a thing of the past.
I have been a wildlife ecologist for 30 years. I have studied organisms of all sorts, from banana slugs to voles and birds to turtles, and I have a background in toxicology and pesticides. I conduct primary research, write syntheses, and develop conservation plans.