Research Overview

I am an Associate Professor and the Peter B. Moyle and California Trout Chair in Coldwater Fish Ecology at UC Davis in the Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology.

I believe human societies must strive to leave healthier aquatic ecosystems to future generations. To this end, I became an applied fish and aquatic ecologist with the goal of pursuing conservation management solutions to modern issues that imperil aquatic habitats, fisheries and the sustainability of ecological services for humans. I have been involved on a range of basic and applied research questions, but most of my efforts center on developing actionable science-based solutions, and assisting conservation professionals, on problems commonly encountered in fish (and occasionally also mussel) populations. I rely on a four-legged approach to generating knowledge including theory, manipulation, observation (especially long-term ecological research), and quantitative models and endeavor to use all these approaches in my work.

Freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem function are in an undisputed state of decline. One of the core challenges facing freshwater conservation science is that knowledge is simply lacking on ecological relationships between species and environments. Meanwhile, considerable attempts are made to improve ecological services with incomplete sets of information and high uncertainty. My work targets the science-policy nexus; therefore collaborating with agencies, conservation practitioners, and the public is a major part of what I do. Public engagement helps identify knowledge gaps
, promotes consensus, and ensures research is ultimately useful for serious conservation needs. Lastly, I am attracted to more basic pursuits in ecology, such as tests of ecological theories, but especially, applications of theory towards better conservation.

Stay tuned, I will be putting together a more official Lab website soon!

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For the previous five years, I was a Co-PI on the North Temperate Lakes, Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) grant from NSF. Read more on the scope and history behind this amazing project, and download project data here:

Two NCEAS Working Groups I am a current member of:

Synchrony (LTER Synthesis Working Group):

Community Dynamics