My interests lie in the ecology, conservation,and management of rangeland systems. Although the term "rangeland" simply implies lands used for livestock grazing, these systems are anything but simple and contain a dizzying, if subtle, resource in terms of biodiversity. I'm specifically interested in the management and conservation of grassland and shrubland birds, which have declined drastically in recent decades due to habitat loss, and alteration of historic disturbance regimes including fire, ungulate grazing and burrowing mammals.
Working on public and private lands, I'm keenly aware of the importance of finding realistic conservation and management solutions. These solutions need to be driven by scientific rigor, but must also be realistic from a management standpoint, and take into account the needs and cultural backgrounds of stakeholders.
I received my Master's in Natural Resources from the University of Illinois, and my PhD in Ecology from the University of Wyoming. I am currently working as a post-doctoral researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey. My current research projects include habitat management for grassland and sagebrush birds, exploring trophic cascades following the removal of keystone species by disease, and prioritization of sagebrush restoration activities across the West. Please see my research page for more information!