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I am currently the Program Director and an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, jointly appointed with the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Schmid College of Science and Technology. I lead a research group that engages in multidisciplinary climate research that aims to inform applied management, from restoration genomics and eco-physiology to participatory communications research on the role of language in advocacy and environmental literacy. You can learn more about our group at


My PhD training is as an integrative biologist (UC Berkeley) but I have dual undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Jazz Performance (University of Southern California). I completed two postdoctoral positions in bioinformatics (Washington State University) and ecosystem science (UC Davis, Delta Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program).

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.


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