Anna R. Carlson

ecologist | conservationist | biology & environmental educator

I grew up in rural northeast Ohio and was the fifth generation to live on my family’s farm. I spent my childhood outside - in the forest and fields that surrounded my house and as I grew older, helping tend my family's small homestead. I learned from an early age to respect nature - the power of storms, the wiliness of wildlife, and the persistence of plants, particularly in places where they are unwanted. These contentious relationships between people and nature have been a part of my life since I was very young and in the small farming community where I grew up, were often resolved with traps, poisons, and bullets.

I was always told I was too soft-hearted to be a farmer. When I decided I wanted to be a scientist, that sentiment followed me. I was told that I cared too much about the subjects in the systems I wanted to study and that my empathy was a hindrance at best and unprofessional anthropomorphization at worst. 

I wholeheartedly disagree. 

My compassion and empathy for the wildlife I study are attributes that define me as a scientist. They lead me to ask questions and seek answers in ways that symbiotically benefit the people and animals in the systems I work within, to mitigate present conflicts and avoid future clashes.

Vermis libri   {bookworm}

I have slowly been rediscovering my love for reading and find that one of the best ways to connect with others (professionally and personally) is through the shared joy of a good read! These are some books I've read recently and enjoyed. Do you see one you've read, or one that piques your interest? Reach out and let's chat about them! I'm always looking for new perspectives and would love to join you for a cup of tea or coffee to talk about the ideas presented by these authors.