I am an ecologist and conservation biologist. My scientific research combines methods from natural history, ecology, and history to better understand how new approaches to both emerging and chronic conservation challenges can achieve measurable success. My writing, teaching, and other outreach endeavors embrace science communication and conservation literacy as an essential component of an informed citizenry on topics that affect all organisms with which we share the planet, including each other.
I am currently a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a Staff Research Associate with UCSB's Sedgwick Reserve. I earned my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology from UCSB in 2017. My diverse career has intersected the fields of natural history, education, disease ecology, and endangered species management--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. On this site you will find information about my experience, current research and collaborations, and regular updates on my blog. My ResearchGate profile is available here and my CV can be found here.