As a Partner Biologist for the Rangeland Watershed Initiative I facilitate a partnership between Point Blue and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Madera County.  Working side-by-side with NRCS staff we build relationships with private landowners to provide technical and financial assistance under NRCS Farm Bill habitat incentive programs with the goal of improving wildlife conservation, watershed health, and habitat quality on rangelands, forests and mountain meadows of the Sierra foothills of California.  In the San Joaquin Valley, I help ranchers in the rangelands use birds as indicators of the health of their lands in the present and into the future.

I am from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, a wonderful place to grow up.  I played soccer, piano, and spent a lot of time playing outdoors and hiking in the Elwha River watershed.  I studied forest ecology and earned a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management at the University of Washington's College of Forest Resources (now College of the Environment).  After graduating college I have mostly spent my career restoring vital riparian habitat for salmon in the Puget Sound and Washington Coast river systems.  I am excited to broaden my horizons at Point Blue and continue working for healthy rivers.

In my spare time you can find me near a body of water, hiking in the mountains, or biking on an urban adventure. However when the indoors call, I'll most likely be found baking, playing music, or thrifting for some vintage treasures.