Currently I am a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Delta Stewardship Council working with colleagues Anne Todgham (UC Davis) and John Takekawa (Suisun Resource Conservation District). We are interested in how invasive plants in the San Francisco Estuary and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta can reshape ecosystems by altering food web dynamics. I also serve on the board of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation to shift the national conversation on climate change using social science-based research on framing. Despite hailing from the Pacific Northwest, I've been a scientist in California throughout my undergraduate (USC) and graduate (UC Berkeley) degrees.
Broadly I am interested in the effects of environmental variation on aquatic ecosystems, focusing on invertebrate physiology for the most part. I seek to understand the nuance of physiological responses extreme fluctuations in temperature, especially on a seasonal timescale. I also engage in communication research about climate change for the public and in higher education.
As part of my undergraduate degree in jazz performance and preceding career, I have studied with critically acclaimed musicians such as Alan Pasqua, Bob Mintzer, Russell Ferrante, Dr. Joan Purswell, Paul Taub, Dawn Clement, Anne Drummond, Benny Green, and many more. Selected performances include the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Miguel Zenon, Wycliffe Gordon, Clarence Acox, Byron Vannoy, and Jon Hamar. I have toured and competed nationally and internationally in my youth, but have turned my focus towards the sciences as my career path.