I am a scientist broadly trained in ecology and evolutionary biology, with a research focus on genetic basis of adaptation to a changing environment. I have a history of successfully obtaining funding for research, coordinating and managing large multi-faceted projects, facilitating interactions between scientists and non-scientists, and presenting science to a wide audience. I am especially interested in organizations and projects that seek to provide science-based solutions in education, policy, conservation, sustainable development, and urban ecology.
I am smitten with the Calumet region. This spring I am teaching again in the Calumet Quarter at University of Chicago. The topic for this year's ecology course is "Urban ecology in the Calumet." In 2014 I taught a similar course where the theme was "Stewardship: where ecology meets engagement" and the students put together an awesome website.
I have developed and manage a stewardship program at Rainbow Beach Dunes, the nature area at Rainbow Beach Park (Chicago Park District). I am an advocate for natural areas in the Calumet region and a member of the Calumet Stewardship Initiative team. I monitor rare plant populations for Plants of Concern.
I consult on projects related to urban ecosystems, restoration ecology, sustainable building and development, urban greenspace, the history of ecology, and green infrastructure.