I am a Range Ecologist and Extension Research Coordinator in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship with an Extension appointment and an affiliation in the Center for Collaborative Conservation.
As a Range Ecologist, I study the ecology of grazing livestock—how domestic herbivores interact with their environment, how humans influence this, and the good and bad things that can arise from this relationship.
As Extension Research Coordinator, I work to build bridges across disciplines, departments, and institutions to improve research and extension in Colorado’s rangelands.
I earned my PhD in Rangeland Ecosystem Science from CSU in 2019, my MS in Conservation Biology from SUNY ESF in 2012, and my BS in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University in 2002. Additionally, I have worked as a field ornithologist, a beef and sheep producer, a GIS technician, and a grant manager.
In a recent publication, I used modeling to examine how large herbivores may have adapted to patchily distributed poisonous plants with patchiness of their own (i.e. a herd). This has important implications for behavioral ecology and grazing management.
On a similar subject but from a different direction, a recent paper published with my colleagues at Lion Guardians used qualitative methods to explore how traditional herding practices prevent livestock-lion conflict in the pastoral communities of the Ilkisonko Maasai in the Amboseli Ecosystem in Kenya.