I am a Research Scientist in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, having earned my PhD in Rangeland Ecosystem Science in May of 2019. 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. My current projects focus on the interactions of cattle with poisonous plants, large carnivores, and overall ecological health in rangelands. I appreciate science as a necessary but not sufficient tool for addressing our most complex challenges, and love what emerges from integrating other ways of knowing into my work.
I have an MS in Conservation Biology from SUNY ESF and a BS in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University. Additionally, I have worked as a field biologist, a beef and sheep producer, a GIS technician, and a grant manager. For more information about me or my research, please visit the pages listed above.
I am the board treasurer of Poudre Valley Community Farms, a farmland conservation cooperative.
Check out our latest publication, on the effect renewed grazing of toxic larkspur might have on the plant’s abundance and toxicity.