I serve as Point Blue's Lead Ecologist at TomKat Ranch located in Pescadero, CA.  I am the lucky person to get to live and work along this beautiful stretch of the San Mateo Coast.  My work at TomKat is to help identify and better understand agriculture and conservation’s collective goals and demonstrate them working hand-in-hand with on the ground, real world examples that can serve as models for other ranches.

I grew up in California and Nevada and obtained my undergraduate degree in Biology from Whitman College in Washington State.  I hold a master's degree from University of Minnesota where I studied habitat associations of Red-shouldered Hawks. I have had numerous positions throughout the country that focused on wildlife, conservation, and the outdoors.  These include an AmeriCorps position in Portland, OR, studying forest birds and avian malaria in Hawaii, and environmental education and bird ecology in Alaska.  Prior to working with Point Blue, I studied the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the Kern River Valley of CA. 

My passion is to use science to inform conservation efforts and find better solutions to meet the needs of humans while protecting our natural resorces.  When not enjoying a grass-fed burger, I can be found cruising around the ranch with my two young boys, soaking up some rays (or fog) at the beach, or marveling at the nearby redwoods.