I am a wildlife ecologist interested in applied research focused on management of riparian (or floodplain) habitats and urban ecosystems. My personal history: I grew up in western Colorado and went to college in Idaho on an athletic scholarship. I graduated with a B.S. in Ecology from Idaho State University. There, I became interested in species habitat-selection and completed a research project on Boreal Owls nesting in artificial nest boxes in Colorado. I completed my M.S. in Biology at Eastern Washington University and investigated the effects of prescribed burns on birds. My dissertation took me to the Southwest to study restoration of riparian areas and I graduated with my Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2007. I accepted a post-doc with the US Forest Service as a wildlife biologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana.
I joined the ASU faculty in 2008. The favorite part of my job is working with students who are enthusiastic about research and conservation. I have received honors for my mentoring from the ASU Graduate College for Outstanding Master’s Mentor and recipient of the 2022 Charlie Painter Memorial Award from Southwest PARC. I am fortunate to conduct field work in our treasured riparian ecosystems and to study fascinating wildlife such as reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Follow me on Twitter, where I post about science, wildlife, and student research.