I am an interdisciplinary scientist interested in protecting wildlife and improving human livelihoods on shared landscapes. I use methods from the social sciences, ecology, and GIS to study human-wildlife conflict, risk perceptions, stakeholder values and attitudes, tolerance for recovering wildlife, and environmental justice.
Through research, teaching, and stakeholder engagement, I am passionate about diversifying participation in the environmental sciences and ensuring just outcomes from wildlife management and policy for a range of constituents. On campus I work to empower and engage diverse and underrepresented students and create research leadership opportunities that add diversity in STEM, while off campus I work extensively with cooperative extension and agency collaborators to broaden participation and access to wildlife science.
I completed my BS and MS in Stanford University’s interdisciplinary Earth Systems program, and I have a PhD from UC Berkeley in the dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, where I was advised by Prof. Justin Brashares. I was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara, supported by CONVIVA and studying intersecting social and ecological questions surrounding the possible reintroduction of grizzly bears to California.
Currently, I am an Assistant Unit Leader of the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an Assistant Professor in SEFS at the University of Washington in Seattle.