B.S. Conservation and Resource Studies with minors in Forestry and Spanish, 2010, University of California, Berkeley. Summa Cum Laude
Research Interests / Specializations:
Range Management, Disturbance Ecology, GIS, Vegetation Change
Broadly, I am interested in applying range management to achieve land management goals in an increasingly complex political and environmental decision climate. My interests extend to the many facets of applied range management: managing for wildlife habitat; prescription grazing to reduce invasive weed species; browsing to reduce fire fuels; and managing for native grasses and forbs. All of these common management goals are possible to achieve by carefully applying the timing, frequency, and intensity of grazing application in combination with the type and kind of livestock used.
With the UC Cooperative Extension, I am working to increase our scientific understanding of using goat grazing as a fire fuel reduction tool as compared to hand grubbing and mastication. I will explore multiple range, forestry and vegetation methodologies to create a realistic monitoring protocol for managers who apply livestock to chaparral fuels. A further goal is to work with the tribal and private utility landowners to create a long-term fuel management plan with existing cattle operators.
Honors and Awards
Society of Range Management Regional Meeting Scholarship (2014)
Russell L. Rustici Chair awardee (2014)
Environmental Science Scholarship University of San Francisco (2014)
Marin Environmental Youth of the Year (2006). Marin Conservation League
Bob Franceschini Scholarship (2006). Sir Francis Drake High School Foundation
Dean’s Scholarship (2006). Full tuition scholarship at University of British Columbia
Hazardous Fuel Treatment Demonstration Science Advisory Committee Lead Range Scientist
California Native Plant Society East Bay Chapter Member
Society for Range Management Western Section Member