Cross-disciplinary by nature, my work spans ecology, economics and social sciences. My research centers on finding new ways to improve conservation outcomes in multi-use landscapes.  Specifically, I have pioneered research that explores (i) how human and ecological systems interact to influence conservation initiatives, ii) new uses for crowd-sourced and remotely sensed information in conservation, and iii) new spatial and analytical tools for conservation in multi-use landscapes.

HOT NEWS: In September 2017 I’m moving to the Norwegian Arctic to take up a position at the University of Tromø. I’m very excited to be working with Vera Hausner & Per Faulchald. https://arcticsustainability.com/

DSC_9416_cropIn my current work in the SNAPP Better Land-Use Decisions working group I am working to design better public lands policy for the rangelands of the western US. People are an integral part of this landscape, and crucial to ongoing efforts to protected vulnerable species like sage-grouse. I am also working on projects exploring the impacts of human networks on conservation outcomes; designing cross-disciplinary solutions for better conservation outcomes from infrastructure development; and developing new approaches for conservation planning and prioritisation of nomadic and migratory species.

My work spans a range of scales, from single–species management, to continental and global-scale land use planning. Recent results have national and global significance for conservation planning and biodiversity policy.

I’m currently based at NCEAS (my primary location) at the University of California, Santa Barbara and hold an adjunct position at the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions (CEED), University of Queensland, Australia. I’m also Associate Editor at Ecology & Evolution.

Another thing you should know is that I really love birds!