I am a community and ecosystem ecologist broadly interested in implications of interacting global and regional environmental changes, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and stewardship of wild ecosystems. My research group studies ecological and conservation responses to climate and atmospheric changes, drivers and consequences of changing biological diversity, and effective and equitable conservation practice. Current projects address the effects of climate variability and change on alpine songbirds and tree distributions; the effects of land and water use changes on bat communities; the effectiveness of riparian conservation measures in California and community forestry efforts in Brazil and Nepal; and the nature and effectiveness of conservation responses to climate change.
I strive to bridge ecological theory, training and research to sound conservation and management practice. Our lab incorporates collaboration with conservation practitioners and elements of economics, public policy, and anthropology in our research, and I serve in advisory roles to conservation non-profits and to government. Finally, I work on inclusive, field-based education and its effects on learning, belonging and success in ecology and conservation.
2021: Named Ecological Society of America “Excellence in Ecology Scholar”
2021: Appointed to California Fish and Game Commission
2021: Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award – Ecological Society of America
2018: Fellow of the Ecological Society of America
2017: Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences
2016: California Book Award – Gold Medal for Contribution to Publishing
2008: Ecological Society of America Sustainability Science Award
BA and MA in Anthropology (Stanford University, 1995)
Ph.D in Biological Sciences (Stanford University, 2001)