Garvin Professor and Senior Director, Center for Avian Population Studies
Conserving birds and biodiversity is a complex challenge that requires innovative science and technology, a detailed understanding of ecological and social systems, and the ability to implement sustainable solutions at global and local scales. Like others at the Lab, I believe that the highest return on conservation investments comes when science is used to guide actions.
As an ecologist and conservation biologist, I seek to identify and understand the needs and threats facing ecosystems and species globally, the actions needed to ensure conservation, and the ways to work with people to achieve them. Because my work is motivated by a deep commitment to both move science into action and build capacity in others, I collaborate with diverse scientists, decision-makers, practitioners, and partners in public and private sectors to develop approaches that support people, biodiversity, and the environment.
My current projects focus on (1) responses of animal populations and ecological communities to changes in land use, climate, invasive species, and disturbance regimes, (2) social and ecological dynamics in cities, working landscapes, and biodiversity hotspots, (3) sustainable management of temperate and tropical forests and farms, (4) conservation planning and prioritization, and (5) innovative finance and incentives to promote conservation and alleviate poverty.
Ph.D., Ecology, Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Zoology, University of Arkansas
B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Montana