Research Interests (300 words)
I am an ecologist and conservation biologist focusing on environmental education and urban conservation. My research and teaching interests center around land use ecology, urban ecology, invertebrate biodiversity, soil system dynamics, and enhancing community-based conservation. I have two decades of experience teaching ecology, conservation biology, entomology, and environmental science at Columbia University, New York University, the City University of New York, and the University of Wales, and has a wealth of field experience in urban, desert, forest, grassland, coastal, and upland ecosystems. As coordinator of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Schoolyard Habitat and Connecting People with Nature programs in California, I developed and implemented a diversity of community-focused conservation and education efforts throughout the state. I has co-authored interactive e-textbook chapters and online simulation labs for teaching ecology and environmental science, and have interests in novel, innovative education approaches.