Hi, I'm Charles.
I'm the author and founder at Gulo in Nature. I am a professional conservation scientist and interpretive naturalist with over fourteen years of experience studying and protecting wildlife and natural places. Everyone should have access to natural spaces and nature knowledge, so that they can enjoy the many benefits of getting to know the non-human world. My goal is to help people develop deeper, more meaningful connections with nature and enhance their outdoor experiences.
I have a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from Tufts University, and have studied and worked in wildlife ecology and conservation institutions around the world. I also am a certified master naturalist through the Montana Natural History Center
Why Gulo in Nature?
Spending time in nature can help people reduce stress, find emotional relief, restore their drive and creativity, and live healthier, happier lives. My goal is to share nature knowledge that empowers others to benefit from time outside and protect our precious wildlife.
The idea for Gulo in Nature started during the COVID-19 pandemic, when a lot of people started having the time and need to make first-time connections with nature. Blogging became a way for me to share the natural world with others when I couldn't be there to do it in person.
This blog is not the only way that I like to enjoy and share nature knowledge but it is now a 'home base' for my work as a naturalist. I hope you find it helpful and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
What is a 'Gulo'?
Gulo is a latin word meaning "glutton," and is both the genus and species of the Wolverine (Gulo gulo), a powerful and poorly understood mammal native to high elevations and Northern latitudes. Despite being rather small, wolverines have a notoriously huge appetite and wander over large expanses of wilderness. I liken my approach to nature knowledge to the wolverine:
- A huge appetite for knowledge
- A broad and inclusive spread of interests—from lichens to African wild dog behavior or microbiology
- Ranging widely across topics, habitats, and locations
What else do you do?
My day-job is as a conservation scientist working to protect freshwater habitats like wetlands and rivers and the wildlife that depend on them. I am currently based at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology and River Basin Center.
In addition my science career, I also help out as a co-producer and co-host on the Nature Guys Podcast, the Lead Ecologist for the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, a grassroots environmental non-profit on O'ahu, and as conservation correspondent for K9Conservationists.
When I'm not meeting new bugs, birds, and plants outside, I enjoy cooking, reading, and practicing mixed martial arts.