Assistant Professor, Biology
Biological Sciences, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Geospatial/GIS
I am an Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Department of Biology and the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels. Research in my lab integrates global change biology with behavioral and spatial ecology to study the effects of environmental variability and change on large vertebrate populations. By bridging theories and methods across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, we seek to ask and answer questions that enhance our understanding of and capacity to manage the natural world. My work combines fieldwork, advanced data analytics, and interdisciplinary approaches, centering on three themes:
1. Understanding the drivers of large-scale animal movements
2. Linking environmental processes and change to animal behavior, individual fitness, population persistence, and community dynamics
3. Applying spatial and behavioral ecology to inform wildlife management and conservation
I received a B.S. in Physics from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California-Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Prior to joining the UW I was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Presidential Management Fellow in the Climate and Ecosystems Group at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.