Neil joins the HawkWatch team in September 2014 as the organization's Conservation Biologist. Originally from the east coast, he earned his BS in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Neil immediately immersed himself in ornithological fieldwork for over three years. He has worked with Ptarmigan in Alaska, and songbirds in New Hampshire and Nevada. Eventually he made his way into the raptor community by working with the federally endangered California Condor for 2 and a half years in southern California, northern Arizona, and southern Utah. Neil went on to earn his MS degree in Raptor Biology from Boise State University studying the effects of climate and habitat change on wintering raptors in southwest Idaho.
Neil arrives at HawkWatch International having recently spent the summer of 2014 studying Gyrfalcons on the Seward Peninsula of northwest Alaska. In addition to his love of raptors he helped co-found a small wildlife conservation filmmaking non-profit, Wild Lens Inc., during his time at Boise State University. In 2013 he co-directed his first film, Bluebird Man, about the role of citizen scientists in the recovery of North American bluebird populations. Neil also enjoys backpacking, hiking, photography, birding, homebrewing, and skiing.