I joined the Conservation Department 25 years ago as a botanist. Although plant conservation was my focus, I’ve always communicated with Missourians about conservation through magazines, newsletters and journals. I also answered a lot of botany related questions that came to our former ombudsman. So when he retired, I was happy to take on this job and answer all sorts of questions Missourians have about everything from hunting regulations to hummingbird migrations to habitat restoration. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the Missouri countryside, using various excuses such as upland bird hunting, fishing and running my dog.