Conservation biology; Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife populations with particular focus on mesocarnivores; Integrating multidisciplinary techniques to enhance field-based research questions.
PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 2014
BS Zoology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2003
05/2017 – present
Coyote Valley bobcat (Lynx rufus) and gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) habitat connectivity project coordinator.
10/2014 – present
Urban Caracal Project Coordinator, Cape Town, South Africa
01/2015 – present
Postdoctoral scholar. Exploring the behavioral and genetic response of caracal (Caracal caracal) to urbanization. Collaboration between University of Cape Town (J. O’Riain & J. Bishop), University of California, Santa Cruz (C.Wilmers), Cape Leopard Trust (South African nonprofit), University of California, Los Angeles (R.Wayne). Other stakeholders: South Africa National Parks and City of Cape Town
FUNDING & AWARDS
2007 – 2010 National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship, $40,500/year
2007 EPA Star 3-Year Graduate Student Fellowship; Offer Declined, $37,000/year
2008 – 2013 Annual UCLA Research and Fellowship Awards, Total >$20,000
2008 – 2014 Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society Research Grants, Total >$10,000
2008 California Mediterranean Research Learning Center Fellowship, $1,200
2010 Pfizer Corporate Sponsership
2010, 2012 Panthera Small Cat Research Awards, Total $14,320
2010, 2012 Summerlee Foundation Research Grants, $30,000
2011, 2014 Friends of Griffith Park Research Grants, $3,600
2012 – 2013 G2 Gallery (Venice, California) Dedicated Gift, $6,000
2012 – 2015 Gottlieb Scholarships, Total $5,500
2013 ConGen, Advances in Conservation Genomics Workshop Student Scholarship
2013 Second Place– best student presentation. TWS, The Western Section Conference, Sacramento, California.
2015 – 2016 Claude Leon Foundation (South Africa) Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship, $23,500/year
2015, 2016 University of Cape Town, URC Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowships, $13,000/year
2015 Woolworth’s Corporate Sponsorship
2015, 2016 Joan St. Ledger Lindbergh Charitable Trust Grant, $11,000
2015, 2016 > $25,000 private donations solicited via public outreach efforts, annually
2015 Nominated by South African National Parks as an “unsung hero of conservation in Africa”, highlighted in Africa Geographic Magazine
2016 “Experiment” Crowd-funding Campaign and Competition, awarded first place for most donors accrued, $7,5000
Websites and social media founder and content creation
Interviews: Newspapers, magazines, websites, nationally syndicated radio, and podcast.
- The Los Angeles Times
- National Geographic
- Sappi Nature Program (South Africa live syndicated radio)
G2 Photography Gallery Emerging Environmentalist Collaborator- 2012
Invited Speaker – more than 50 public talks
Vice President and Newsletter Committee. Wild Felid Research and Management Association.
Board Member & Communications Officer. TWS Urban Wildlife Working Group.
Symposium organizer and mediator. “Urbanization as a driver of change in wildlife.” TWS, 2013
Expert witness: Los Angeles City Council Hearing (04/2014) to review policy regarding pesticides
Consultant to the City of Cape Town, South Africa, and South African National Parks, on wildlife management issues and implementation
Mentorship. 12 master’s student; 15 Undergraduates/recent graduates; 2 high school students; >40 field assistants; >20 laboratory assistants
Journal referee: Journal of Wildlife Diseases, Molecular Ecology, Journal of African Zoology