I am a recent graduate from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. My research focused on bird communities occupying invasive alien Acacia thickets, a novel ecosystem in the Western Cape. This work contributes to our understanding of how alien and invasive species are used by native species in highly transformed landscapes with implications for invasive species management and regional bird conservation. 

Previous work included mapping the distribution of invasive plants in mid altitude rainforest in Madagascar, mapping the distribution of invasive plants in the southern California mountains around Irvine, tracking endangered lizards in the dune systems of southern California's Coachella desert, and pit fall trapping in the high altitude rain forests of Costa Rica. 


Education:

Stellenbosch University                                                                                        March 2009- March 2012 

MSc in Zoology

Department of Botany and Zoology: DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology

Thesis title: Avian assemblages in invasive Australian Acacia thickets

University of California Riverside                                                                            Sept 2004 - June 2008

BSc in Biological Sciences

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences: Conservation Biology Track