My research investigates the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, focusing on how ecological communities respond to human impacts. My work is solution-oriented and interdisciplinary, integrating field data, human dimensions, and statistical and spatial analyses to inform ecosystem management. I have worked with many taxa, but birds are my favorite. My current research takes place in southern Chile and the San Francisco Bay Area and falls into three major topics:
• Biodiversity in managed forests
• Spatial ecology of species interactions
• Combined effects of climate change and land-use on biodiversity
I enjoy mentoring students and am passionate about environmental education at all levels. At Stanford I teach Ornithology (BIO 121/221), am developing a new course in Sicne for Conservation Policy (BIO 101), and co-founded an afterschool outdoor education program for high school English Language Learners (www.meroscience.org).
I am currently a Lecturer in the Biology department. Previously I completed my PhD in Rodolfo Dirzo's lab in 2021 and a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Oregon State University in 2014.
- Short-term avian responses to experimental variable-density thinning: Initial stand attributes outweigh effects of management in Austral temperate rainforests FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT 2021; 502
RECOMMENDED BAND SIZES AND A NOVEL TECHNIQUE FOR SEXING IMMATURE GREEN-BACKED FIRECROWN HUMMINGBIRDS (SEPHANOIDES SEPHANIODES)
2019; 30: 179–84
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- Opening the silvicultural toolbox: A new framework for conserving biodiversity in Chilean timber plantations FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT 2018; 425: 75–84
- Waterbird responses to regular passage of a birdwatching tour boat: Implications for wetland management JOURNAL FOR NATURE CONSERVATION 2017; 40: 42–48
- Effects of nesting waterbirds on nutrient levels in mangroves, Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras WETLANDS ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT 2016; 24 (2): 217–29
- Ecosystem carbon stocks of mangrove forests along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Honduras WETLANDS ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT 2016; 24 (2): 187–201