I love the desert – its birds, its plants, its heat, its light, its people, its conservation issues.  My dream is to work in all of the Earth’s deserts before my time is up.  At Point Blue, I lead our projects in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts of California, Arizona, and Nevada.  I also worked for many years on a small population of endangered Willow Flycatchers at Mono Lake, CA - until their extinction in 2013.

I graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment in 1998, and I joined the (then) Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1999.  I have worked here ever since.  I have been enrolled in the University of Arizona’s Graduate Program since 2008.  My thesis work is on the effects of fire and drought on bird populations in the Sonoran Desert.

At PRBO/Point Blue, I have led research into the impacts of off-highway vehicles and drought on Sonoran Desert birds, the recovery of a population of endangered Bell’s Vireos near Death Valley, saguaro pollination and seed dispersal by birds and insects, and I was lucky to participate in Point Blue’s long term research on Adélie Penguins at Cape Crozier, Antarctica. 

Though I am often in the field in random, rocky, dusty places, I can eventually be found near Tucson, AZ.  I have also (and ironically) spent my off-seasons back in Ann Arbor, MI, where my partner Claire serves out a fellowship at the University of Michigan’s creative writing program.

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Featured Work:

California Partners In Flight Desert Bird Conservation Plan