As a Partner Biologist I work in a partnership position with Point Blue and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). I am based out of the NRCS field office in Grass Valley, California, and I work with private landowners to develop wildlife-friendly conservation plans for ranches, farms, forestland, and mountain meadows. To evaluate the outcomes of management and conservation planning, I often conduct bird surveys that will help me assess changes in habitat and land health over time.

I grew up in the northern Sierra Nevada, where my childhood was filled with weekend hikes and summer backpacking trips with my family. I earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies-Biology from Southern Oregon University and afterward spent several years working as a wildlife technician and a watershed coordinator in the Sierra Nevada. In 2013 I earned a M.S. in Natural Resource Management-Wildlife from Humboldt State University studying the nest survival of Tricolored Blackbirds in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

I live in Nevada County and when I’m not at work I can be found hiking, backpacking, and snowshoeing across the Sierra Nevada and the Trinity Alps Wilderness. In 2017 I will be taking a leave of absence to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
 

 

Publications

Weintraub, K., T. L. George, and S. J. Dismore. 2016. Nest survival of Tricolored Blackbirds in California's Central Valley. The Condor: Ecological Applications 118:850-861.