Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology
PhD, Wildlife and Fisheries University of Arizona, 1999
MS, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Arizona, 1992
BS, Fisheries and Wildlife, Utah State University, 1987
Arriving at Unity College in Fall 2011, I brought years of involvement in the wildlife management profession which began with undergraduate study at Utah State University during the 1980’s. In those years my experience has ranged from working with state wildlife and federal land management agencies to teaching and conducting research at universities. As an ornithologist with a particular interest in raptors and endangered species conservation, I have worked with several threatened or endangered species, most recently Mexican Spotted Owls and black-footed ferrets.
Using a constructivist approach to teaching, I deliver courses using question-driven instruction. These courses are designed to provide students with both technical skills and an understanding of theoretical concepts that are applied by wildlife managers. It’s my experience that in order to learn, students need to ask questions and actively pursue answers to those questions. My research interests involve the influence of habitat selection and quality on population demographics, the conservation ecology of small populations, and use of methods to quantify demographic parameters of rare or hard to detect species. Current research projects involve black bears, and deer and salamander use in hemlock-dominated forests.