I am a quantitative wildlife ecologist and conservation scientist. What does that mean? It means I use data and models to figure out how to more effectively conserve wildlife and their ecosystems. My research seeks to advance our understanding of how to conserve species and biodiversity in a changing world, with changing human needs and pressures. Much of my past and ongoing work focuses on how wildlife respond to fire and forest management, and the ecology and conservation of wildlife in fire-prone ecosystems.
I am a Research Ecologist with Rocky Mountain Research Station – Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems Program (USDA Forest Service) located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I also hold an appointment as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico. Previously I was a postdoctoral researcher with in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida working with Dr. Rob Fletcher. I earned my M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the supervision of Dr. Zach Peery. I am also an Associate Editor at the Journal of Wildlife Management and Fire Ecology which are flagship peer-reviewed scientific journals of The Wildlife Society and the Association for Fire Ecology, respectively.