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Undergraduate Institution

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Graduate Institution

UC Santa Cruz




Program Director

Current Location

Santa Cruz, CA


Brooklyn, NY

Websites/Social Media

Personal Interests

  • birds
  • Nature
  • conservation
  • justice
  • equity
  • cities

Professional Interests

  • Education (Higher Ed)
  • Forestry
  • Land Stewardship
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Oceans and Marine Conservation
  • Wildlife, Ornithology, Endangered or Threatened Species

Hi!  I am currently the Program Director of the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program.  My personal mission is to combine teaching, mentoring, and research towards strengthening just and effective conservation. Through DDCSP it's an honor to accelerate future leaders, helping Scholars build their identity as conservationists and empower themselves to make the change they want to see in the world.  My conservation research interests surround monitoring and how we evaluate conservation effectiveness.  Anyone who's been in the field with me knows I am an avid naturalist, a lifelong birdwatcher, and I love to nerd out on just about anything.  I tend to geek out on other things too, designing for impact, experimental design and evaluation, and how to design super effective field experiences for undergraduates.  My door is always open to the DDCSP community, please, don't hesitate to email me!