I am the Northern Sierra Program Leader for Point Blue Conservation Science. I work on projects that use data on birds and vegetation to assess the ecological effects of forest and riparian habitat management in the Sierra Nevada and California Cascades.

I was born and raised in California. I received a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis. There my studies focused on aquatic ecology, but during my last year at Davis my passion for ornithology blossomed. Later I attended Humboldt State University for my Master's research where I studied the habitat relationships of birds on Jamaican coffee farms with respect to the biological control of coffee pests.

Before arriving at Point Blue, I worked on avian research projects throughout the U.S. These projects focused on a broad range of issues, including riparian conservation, forest management, endangered species conservation, energy development, avian demography, and migration ecology. Over the course of my education and my professional career, I have developed keen interests in bird and wildlife habitat associations, riparian conservation, the intersection of water policy and habitat management, ecosystem services, and population and migratory connectivity.

I split my time between an office in Woodland and our Petaluma headquarters. When not working you can find me birding, fishing, gardening, hiking, or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors.