About Me

I am a conservation biologist, restoration ecologist, and environmental scientist. I hold a triple-major PhD from Michigan State University in Integrative Biology; Environmental Science and Policy; and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior. My doctoral research focused on the recovery of bird habitat and avian ecosystem services in tropical forest restorations. I have also conducted research on rare plants, small mammals, and amphibians.

What's that background photo?

I took this photo of forest restoration plots in the MamonĂ­ Valley of Panama. The road pictured winds through former pasture land degraded by overgrazing. Today, the property is being managed as a sustainable timber plantation, contributing to the local economy while protecting soils and creating wildlife habitat.