As a Partner Biologist for the Rangeland Watershed Initiative I help to promote the partnership between Point Blue and the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Merced County. Working side-by-side with NRCS employees, I help provide technical and financial assistance to landowners and producers under the NRCS Farm Bill habitat incentive programs, with the goal of improving wildlife habitat and watershed quality on rangeland and wetland areas in the San Joaquin Valley.

I grew up in the Ozarks region of Southwest Missouri, spending a great deal of my formative years exploring the out of doors. Growing up, many of my family's vacations were to various national parks around the United States and those experiences, coupled with my time spent outdoors in rural Missouri, helped instill a great appreciation for wildlife, their habitats, and the work that goes into conserving them. I graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife management, with an emphasis in terrestrial wildlife management. After graduation, I worked on several upland bird projects, including a winter ecology study of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken in the sand dunes of Eastern New Mexico, and various Bobwhite and Scaled quail projects in the Rolling Plains region of West Texas. Most recently I worked in Central Texas on Fort Hood Army Base, helping with the monitoring and banding of the endangered Black Capped Vireo and Golden Cheeked Warbler, as well as helping to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act within the base.

In my free time you might find me birding at the local wildlife refuge, exploring one of the many national parks in California, hunting, fishing or simply kicking back and enjoying a good football game.