Chad first came to the Hopkins Lab in the spring of 2010 as a wood duck husbandry volunteer with Amanda Wilson and Sarah DuRant. He later worked as an undergraduate researcher on the South River turtle and snake projects. Before graduating in 2011 with a degree in wildlife science, he assisted Dr. Michelle Beck with sample processing and study site preparation for the tree swallow project in Kingston, TN.

Chad moved to Texas, where he worked as an avian and bat field technician. He later went on to Australia, where he helped evaluate the social interactions of Red-backed Fairy-Wrens. Once he returned to the States, he conducted behavior observations on an endangered species, the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike.

Now, with 3 years of field experience and 6 years of additional experience in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Chad is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee. His goal is to help the conservation of natural resources, using lessons from ecology, psychology, economics, and sociology.