As a Coastal Program Biologist for the California Current Group at Point Blue, I am the lead biologist for the western snowy plover research and monitoring at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. As an undergraduate I studied kangaroo rat ecology in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes and Carrizo Plains National Monument. I also spent a few years volunteering for the California Condor Recovery Program.

Prior to coming to Point Blue, I banded birds in the white sand forests of the Amazon basin in Peru for an avian demography and population genetics study, and monitored snowy plover and least tern nesting at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area in San Luis Obispo County. I have worked for over 10 years on several research projects studying avian breeding biology in an Andean cloud forest in Peru, monitoring San Joaquin kit fox and blunt-nose leopard lizards in the Central Valley, studying monarch butterfly winter roosts on the Monterey coast, banding forest birds in Hawai’i, and studying foraging ecology of howler monkeys in Costa Rica.

When not climbing sand dunes looking for plover chicks on Vandenberg’s beaches, I enjoy native plant gardening, harboring native bees in my yard, baking goodies with locally-grown fruit, and photographing wild things.