I am driven to make a difference in the world because:
I love this big, weird world and I only want to see it get better. That means: inspiring and educating others so that we can make progress together, furthering our global understanding of important scientific processes, and developing solutions to counter anthropogenic impacts (pollution, climate change, invasive species introductions, etc.)
The greatest skill I bring to a team is:
patience; being open to input from multiple perspectives; making suggestions based on the ideas of others; fostering an encouraging and supportive environment
My proudest moment working on community projects was:
assisting to summer programs for underprivileged elementary and middle school students in the Gainesville area; teaching them about their local bird community via demonstrations with mist-nets and fun activities; hearing a bunch of little kids "pish", make up their own bird calls, and ask questions about birds they clearly made up. Also, installing bird boxes throughout the UF campus two years in a row was laborious and rewarding and made me proud, in it's own distinctive way.
If I could change one thing about my community it would be:
creating public programs that incentivize biking and other modes of pollution-free transportation, purchase of local produce, and protecting our natural areas (springs, parks, etc.). Although, I have to say that Gainesville is already far ahead of many other cities in the U.S. for these sorts of things.