Pete is a broadly trained evolutionary ecologist and conservation biologist. His research interests focus on the effects of habitat alteration on the behavior, demography, and conservation of songbird populations. He is currently initiating projects on social behavior of Tufted Titmice, and the reproductive behavior and demography of Eastern Phoebes and Great Crested Flycatchers at Hartwick's Pine Lake and nearby forest tracts. Pete teaches ecology, ornithology, conservation biology, Natural History of Costa Rica, and Concepts in Biology. Pete arrived at Hartwick in Fall 2001 after teaching at St. Olaf College, Bucknell University, and Drew University. He was born and raised in nearby Cortland and is happy to be close to his family (which includes two Hartwick graduates!). Pete enjoys hiking, biking, birding, and propagating ferns and orchids.