Raised in a suburb of southern California, I discovered my passion for birds and wildlife conservation as an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis, where I monitored breeding Northern Harriers in Bay Area tidal marsh and analyzed the migration phenology of Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks.
Upon graduating from Davis with my B.S. in Animal Biology, I worked as a field technician for non-profit conservation groups such as the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and Point Blue Conservation Science studying birds ranging from tiny hummingbirds to feisty Red-tailed Hawks. I also worked as an environmental educator with the Solano Resource Conservation District, helping students build meaningful connections with nature and learn the importance of environmental stewardship. My interest in raptor conservation has led me to the Pueo Project for my M.S., where I hope to focus on filling knowledge gaps about the pueo life cycle and the factors affecting their reproduction, survival and population dynamics.