Alyson McKnight received her B.A. in Zoology from Connecticut College in 1996, and an M.Sc. in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1999. McKnight taught high school biology and ecology for several years and worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for over a decade on a variety of Alaska seabird projects including assessing seabird recovery after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill; studying population trends/foraging behavior in the rare and declining Kittlitz's Murrelet; monitoring breeding biology at gull/alcid colonies in Prince William Sound. Currently, she telecommutes to the Anchorage FWS office from Maine. In addition, she is working on cleaning up historical seabird datasets for inclusion in the Fish and Wildlife Service's North Pacific Seabird Diet Database. McKnight is married to Kelsey Sullivan, Bangor Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Bird Group game bird biologist, and together they are raising two wild and wooly young boys, ages 8 and 3.