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I am a dedicated ecologist with eight-plus years of experience executing conservation and monitoring programs across the Western United States.

I am currently completing my doctoral program at the University of Nevada, Reno in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology with anticipated graduation as early as 2021. In my work, I have tested and developed new theories and concepts in land management and ecological restoration.


My research focuses on the plant ecology of the Great Basin, informing both conceptual discussion on community ecology and translating into action in restoring damaged ecosystems. I investigate methods for optimizing seed sources and mixes to restore degraded habitats in the Great Basin Desert. This work is already translating into action in restoring damaged ecosystems.

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Sagebrush seedling


I have proven experience in managing emerging talent and supporting established talent. My success in managing teams comes from my active listening skills, articulating clear expectations, and designing and implementing deliberate strategic plans.

I delivered measurable results while managing ten simultaneous, statewide monitoring programs in Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Nevada. I was responsible for supervising over 23 crews consisting of 71 people conducting vegetation and soil surveys.


I have presented my research results to project partners at the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As a result, these agencies are now working to agriculturally increase six of my top-performing seed collections and restore newly devastated lands from four recent California and Nevada wildfires.

I am most proud of my dedication to presenting my work to various audiences. To date these include elementary school students from Washoe County School District and inmates at federal prisons including Lovelock, Herlong Federal, Northern Nevada, and Warm Springs Correctional Centers. I have also served as a botanical guide to train field workers, engage undergraduate freshmen, and educate young Nevadans in partnership with PBS Reno.

Rabbitbrush flowering at dawn in southern Oregon
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