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I am a scientist broadly trained in ecology and evolutionary biology, with research interests in plant diversity and local adaptation, 
population genetics, history of ecology, and novel urban ecosystems. I teach in the Program on the Global Environment at the University of Chicago. 

I am smitten with the Calumet region. I live to tromp through the hidden places between railroads and steel mills and am inspired by the tough flora that thrive in novel ecosystems. The history of land use in this region tells the story of humans, industries, and cultures, and teaching in the Calumet Quarter is a highlight of my biennium. 

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, the Alliance for the Great Lake's Young Professional Council, and the Dunes Learning Center's Board of Directors. I monitor rare plant populations for Plants of Concern

I have a history of successfully obtaining funding for research, coordinating and managing large multi-faceted projects, and facilitating success of scientists and physicians in training. I am especially interested in organizations and projects that provide science-based solutions and I consult on projects related to urban ecosystems, restoration ecology, sustainable building and development, urban greenspace, the history of ecology, and green infrastructure.