Freshwater Ecology + Conservation
Inclusion + Equity in STEM Education
I am a Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University Stanislaus, where I have been teaching biology, ecology, and environmental science since 2008. My current work is focused on improving STEM education in introductory undergrad courses, enhancing academic and professional support programs for current and future graduate students, and working for equity and inclusion in higher education and in STEM fields. I conduct research in freshwater ecology, with a focus on the natural history of aquatic insects.
I have spent my entire life in northern and central California, and the landscapes and people of this region have profoundly influenced my academic and professional work. I studied hydrology, geomorphology, and soil science as an undergrad, earning a B.A. in Earth Science at U.C. Berkeley. I worked on watershed monitoring at the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control in Oakland, got very interested in stream ecology, and went back to school to obtain my Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in the lab of Dr. Vince Resh at U.C. Berkeley. My doctoral research described the importance of landslides and debris flows on riparian vegetation, stream food webs, and salmonid habitat in the Klamath Mountains. I am incredibly grateful to work as an educator at Stanislaus State, with wonderful students and colleagues.