received a B.S. at the University of California, San Diego in
1993 from the Department of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution and
a M.S. in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University in
1996. For my Master's Thesis, I studied the habitat associations
of the threatened Spotted Owl in New Mexico.
have just completed my third year of Ph.D. work at the University
of California, Berkeley and am studying the Marbled Murrelet,
an endangered seabird on the central California coast, for my
dissertation. The project I am working on was initiated in 1997
by the California Department of Fish and Game and I began working
on the project in 1999 under the supervision of Dr. Steven Beissinger
for my Ph.D. thesis.
research to date has focused on endangered species conservation.
Because the causes of decline for many endangered species are
often complex and difficult to attribute to a single cause, I
have developed an interest in variety of disciplines such as genetics,
ornithology, mathematical modeling, and oceanography that can
be used to shed light on difficult conservation issues such as
Marbled Murrelet management.