Originally from California, I developed a passion for the tropics while growing up part-time on the island of Kauai. As an undergrad at UC Berkeley, I fell in love with field ecology while participating in an REU program in Belize. After graduation, a volunteer position in an ecosystem ecology lab quickly turned into a job and a calling as I found my place in ecology as a biogeochemist. As a graduate student at Brown University, I had the fortune to work on a variety of projects around the world, while conducting my laboratory work in the Hudson Valley at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Following graduate school, I made my way back to California. As an NSF postdoctoral fellow at UC Davis, I studied how soils contribute to smog formation in my home state of California. As a World Wildlife Fund postdoctoral fellow, I worked at UC Santa Barbara's National Institute of Ecological Analysis and Synthesis I worked on issues related to food and the environment. Today I am the Program Manager for UC Davis' Working Lands Innovation Center, where we are creating large scale demonstrations throughout the state that will test the carbon sequestration potential of agricultural soils.
John Muir Institute of the Environment
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616