Welcome to my personal web page! I am an Assistant Professor in ecology in the Biology Department at Santa Clara University, where I lead the plant ecology lab. I am interested in the distributions of plants (especially grasses) and animals (particularly mammals) and how these respond to global changes, both ancient and recent. I work at scales ranging from local to global, often utilizing massive data in an ecoinformatic approach.
I first became interested in ecology as a teenager hiking in the desert and mountains of southern Arizona. I cemented that interest as an undergraduate at Carleton College, where I worked mainly on restoration of tallgrass prairie. Grad school followed (in Wayne Sousa’s lab at UC Berkeley), where I considered lots of different study systems (tropical ants? rocky intertidal? desert annuals?) before heading back into the grassland, this time in California’s beautiful coastal prairies. After finishing up my PhD in 2010, I made the big move (both geographically and intellectually) to a position in ecoinformatics in Denmark. In 2016, I returned to California for a faculty position at SCU. Check out my research or the lab webage to see what I have been doing since then.