As a shorebird ecologist with the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group at Point Blue, I predominantly research the natural history of snowy plovers in the Monterey Bay area.  I work on wildlife refuge and state park lands and, in partnership with these agencies, apply our findings to guide land management and conservation of plovers. 

In 2000 I graduated with a degree in Zoology from Miami University in my home state of Ohio.  I spent my college years working as a naturalist and in raptor rehabilitation.  After graduation I was finally free to head for the mountains and west I went, spending time in the Colorado Rockies before driving up to Alaska where I stopped when the road ended, in Seward.  While there I continued on the rehab and education track, interning at the Alaska Sealife Center for a summer.  When the aurora borealis appeared I headed south and wandered my way into an internship at Moss Landing Marine Labs in Monterey Bay.  Within a few months, in the spring of 2002, I had even more incredible luck when I was offered a job working with snowy plovers on this project that I am still a part of today.

In addition to plover work, I’ve enjoyed four fall stints on the Farallones, banding passerines and doing white shark research with Point Blue, as well as banding passerines on the island of St. Martin in the Caribbean for EPIC.  I was also involved in the banding and monitoring of oiled snowy plovers in San Francisco Bay during the Cosco Busan oil spill.  I love spending time in wild places and my passion lies in conserving these areas while reconnecting humans with their wild side.  When not plovering, I can be found in the fall colors of the mountains, in the winter bold-sky deserts, or photographing surfers along the coast.