I am an interdisciplinary social scientist who studies natural resource management in two directions: how humans benefit from the natural environment and how human actions impact the natural environment. My research has been based in the Pacific Northwest and Latin America. I use a variety of tools from psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science and other disciplines to help resource managers better understand and integrate social sciences into natural resource management, with specific expertise in:
- Conservation Psychology and Human Wellbeing
- Applied research on human dimensions of natural resource management
- Program Evaluation and Facilitation
- Environmental Education and Social Learning
FW 289: Communication Skills for Fisheries and Wildlife Professionals
FW 340: Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources
FW 560: Psychology of Natural Resource Decisions
Lead Social Scientist (2013-2015): University of Washington Tacoma
Postdoctoral research (2011-2013): Woods Institute of the Environment and School of Education, Stanford University
Ph.D. (2010): Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
M.S. (2005): Conservation Biology, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH
B.S. (1998): Marine Ecology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Outreach and Extension
I work with several natural resource and conservation organizations, including the Puget Sound Partnership, The Nature Conservancy and the Hood Canal Coordinating Council.
I started pottery during the writing phase of my dissertation and haven’t stopped. I also love growing flowers and vegetables.