Alan is a Staff Biologist at Manomet, where he is involved in a variety of science initiatives. His current priorities include the expansion of Manomet’s shorebird research in eastern Massachusetts, as well as contributing to Whimbrel conservation efforts in the Atlantic Flyway. Alan also helps manage science at Manomet Observatory, with a particular interest in monitoring songbird populations at their long-term banding station and the restoration of retired cranberry bogs into wetland habitat.
Manomet has been a part of me since September 2010, when I made a spontaneous decision to go to Louisiana and join a Manomet team studying the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on shorebirds. Who knew that that decision would lead me down such a long and diverse path? Now, Manomet represents so much more to me – it’s the place that taught me to band birds, the place that has taken me to the far-flung corners of Alaska to study breeding shorebirds. Most importantly, Manomet is the place that has allowed me to embrace my passion in a professional setting. In doing so, I appreciate how I am given the freedom and support to turn an idea into a reality. Manomet has built a powerful reputation in the field of conservation, and I am excited to carry on the legacy of impactful work made by those who have come before me.