Conservation, stewardship, and sustainability in human-dominated landscapes

I am a landscape ecologist who focuses on social-ecological systems, especially urban and suburban environments. The places where we live and work represent major opportunities for sustainability, innovation, and creative approaches to conservation. Much of my work examines the ecological consequences of various development patterns and attempts to identify "win-win" solutions for people, wildlife, and ecosystem services. 


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The Nature Conservancy where I currently serve as the Austin Urban Conservation Scientist & Program Manager in TNC's Cities Network

St. Edward's University, where I held a joint appointment as a faculty associate for the Master's of Environmental Management and Sustainability program and Director of Research for the Wild Basin Creative Research Center

University of Illinois at Chicago, where I was a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow and received my PhD in Biology in 2014 as part of Emily Minor's Urban Ecosystems & Landscape Ecology Lab

Duke University and the Nicholas School of the Environment, where I received my Master's of Environmental Management in 2007

The University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center where I was project coordinator & researcher for the Sustainable Sites Initiative 2007-2009

Rice University where I majored in Environmental Science/Engineering and Political Science in 2003