I am an ecologist conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary research to explore how novel and unconventional approaches can achieve measurable conservation success.

For the past 16 years, I have worked in the government, nonprofit, academic, and private sectors, specializing in endangered species policy and management, disease ecology, amphibian biology, and southern California natural history. I am currently a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and serve as Secretary of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America. I am also a Switzer Fellow.

I earned my Ph.D. and M.A. in Ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Conservation Biology from Prescott College. My field work has spanned diverse ecosystems—from Mexico's Sonoran Desert to the Boreal Forests of Canada, and from California's Channel Islands to the state's unique streams and vernal pools, to high-elevation aquatic ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada.

You can learn more about my current research on the projects page, and updates on the news page. My blog gives ecological and natural history perspectives on a range of topics and experiences. My CV is available here. If you’d like to get in touch, please reach out via the contact page. All of the views expressed on this website are my own.