I am an ecologist, conservation biologist, and educator. My work is a blend of scientific and interdisciplinary research, teaching, biological consulting, writing, and science communication. I am currently a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I earned my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology in 2017.
Natural history—both in practice and in communication—is at the core of my work. My field work has ranged 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 of the Sierra Nevada. I have specialized experience in endangered species policy and management, disease ecology, amphibian biology, and southern California natural history. 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.