I have worked on wildlife corridor conservation and management in the U.S. and abroad for over ten years. Using theory and methods from landscape ecology, wildlife biology, biostatistics, landscape genetics and conservation biology, I model animal movement, habitat use, and wildlife corridors in human-dominated landscapes. My research is defined by two major tenets. The first is to provide spatially-based quantitative analyses to inform applied conservation work. The second is to critically assess, compare, and contrast the current methods used to identify areas of conservation priority to promote best practices.
In the past, I have worked for both the Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera, modeling corridors for jaguars and other big cats throughout the world. In my role at Panthera, I helped develop the Jaguar Corridor Initiative, an effort to protect healthy jaguar populations and movement corridors from Mexico to Argentina. This initiative has become the largest corridor conservation program for any species in the world. With colleagues, I worked to conserve jaguar corridors by developing multi-lateral partnerships, garnering government support, and implementing site-based conservation efforts.
I am currently working in one of the most heavily populated areas of the U.S., in southern California, where wildlife populations are becoming increasingly isolated by roads and human development. In collaboration with researchers from the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center and San Diego State University Research Foundation, I am modeling habitat use, movement, wildlife corridors and road crossing locations for a suite of species including mountain lions, bobcat, mule deer, wrentit, and woodrat. The results of this research will be used in conservation and land use planning efforts at the county level, as well as to site wildlife road crossing structures.
I have a B.S. in Biology from Tufts University, a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.