I often work at the intersection of multiple disciplines and spatial scales to address environmental problems. My work focuses on systems where humans and nature are tightly intertwined, with inter-related questions about how people affect their environments and, in turn, how the environment affects people.
I take an integrated approach to find solutions for real-world conservation challenges, often drawing from methods in ecology, social sciences, and geospatial analysis. Currently, I serve on interdisciplinary teams in Austin and Fort Worth, Texas, to design, test, and apply innovative approaches to improve ecological function in cities. Much of my work focuses on nature-based solutions that provide ecosystem services and enhance wildlife habitat in developed landscapes.
My skills and expertise lie in five major areas:
Landscape ecology, spatial analyses, and ArcGIS. Evaluating fine- and broad-scale landscape patterns and ecological processes; mapping and modeling species diversity and distributions; characterizing socio/ecological dimensions of environments; habitat modeling; site suitability analyses
Field ecology and conservation biology. Designing ecological studies; habitat assessments; vegetation sampling; bird surveys; site assessments; landscape-scale ecological analyses; conservation planning
Social science methods. Designing survey instruments; conducting social network analysis; using citizen science and evaluating its effects on participants; working within conceptual frameworks related to environmental psychology, social values for ecosystem services, and social-ecological systems
Advanced statistics. Multivariate statistics; model selection and multi-model inference; RandomForests and regression trees; spatial statistics; managing large datasets; community ecology (implemented in R)
Integration across disciplines and methods. Making creative connections to analyze and solve complex problems
Click here to see a list of my publications (with pdfs).