October 2018 - Accepted a service position as the new Secretary of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America. I look forward to collaborating with fellow board members Tom Fleischner, Lou Weber, and Seabird McKeon to support and advocate for the essential importance of natural history in ecological science.
July 20, 2018 - Returning for another stint of aquatic ecology work with Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. As an assistant crew leader this year, I will return to the high Sierra site where I spent two months last summer, and then hike to different sites around the park monitoring mountain yellow-legged frog recovery. The mountains are calling.
June 9, 2018 - Hosted a Walking Ecology lecture on rattlesnake ecology at Sedgwick Reserve. This was the last in a series of outdoor lectures where scientists who conduct research at the reserve show their stuff to the public. We had a very good turnout and it was an excellent opportunity to get up-close and personal with these amazing, often-understood reptiles.
May 24, 2018 - Amphibian surveys in the Kaweah River. Flows were quite high, as warm spring temperatures rapidly melted the high mountain snows. Despite its ecological challenges, this river still has some heartening biodiversity.
May 19, 2018 - Field trip to Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. I took my Endangered Species Management course to the field to learn hands-on endangered species management methods. We were extremely lucky that the refuge was conducting California Condor trapping to do routine health checks at the time. We got to observe an entire work-up and release of a condor back into the wild. This trip was full-circle for me: when I was an undergraduate, I realized I wanted to be a conservation biologist while on a field trip, observing California Condors at Vermilion Cliffs in Arizona. These are powerfully inspiring birds!
April 23, 2018 - Science and Supper Night at UCSB's Sedgwick Reserve. This was a fun night where I gave an informal lecture about local amphibians for the reserve docents, followed by a night hike.
April 14-15, 2018 - Declining aquatic and semi-aquatic herp workshop, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. A great event organized by the Central Coast chapter of The Wildlife Society--a fun opportunity to connect with friends both new and old, including this hatchling pond turtle (pictured at right). A lot of review, but there is always more to learn--and I learned a lot!
April 2, 2018 - I'm excited to begin teaching the Endangered Species Management course in UCSB's Environmental Studies Department this spring quarter. This will be the fourth time I've taught this course, and it promises to be the best one yet.
March 14, 2018 - Today I begin a new position as Staff Research Associate for UCSB's Sedgwick Reserve. I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team and landscape there. My work will focus on on supporting the ongoing research at the reserve, science communication and outreach, and developing plans for restoring amphibian habitats on the reserve.
March 8, 2018 - My collaborators and I are pleased to announce a new publication: "Occurrence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in anurans of the Mediterranean region of Baja California, México." This is a free, open-access article.
February 21, 2018 - New blog post on the California Grizzly Study Group website about our stable isotopes work examining historical California grizzly diets.
February 8, 2018 - Guest blog for the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere: Unnatural Disaster: A (Wild)Fire-Side Story.
January 25, 2018 - My historical research on foothill yellow-legged frogs is featured in Science Daily.
October 25, 2017 - My magnum opus (thus far) has published in the journal Ecology and Evolution! This is an free, open-access publication. This work was the final chapter--and culmination--of my dissertation research. I combined ecological and historical methods to examine the decline of the foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) in southern California. You can learn more about this work on my blog.
July 17, 2017 - Today is my first day of work for a 60-day tour with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. I will be doing aquatic restoration activities in Sierra Nevada high mountain lakes. An ecosystem restoration project, much of the work is in support of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. I'm thrilled to be doing two straight months of backcountry field work. To the mountains!
June 18, 2017 - Commencement! Normally all the pomp and circumstance seems a little over the top, but this time around it was not only hard-earned, but jovial and befitting such an endeavor. Congrats to my labmates Mark Wilber and Emily Wilson as well! Below is pictured, up on the big screen, my hooding by my advisor Cherie Briggs and Associate Dean Bruce Kendall.