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 and teaching embrace science communication as an essential component of an informed citizenry on topics that affect all organisms with which we share the planet, including each other.

I earned my Ph.D. from the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 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, as well as regular updates on my blog. My ResearchGate profile is available here and my CV can be found here.