Boreas Pass, near Lake Chelan in the North Cascades. A remote, beautiful place. The haze is from a large wildfire burning about 3 miles away, which is also likely the reason for the conspicuous absence of mountain goats.
Some previous work:
- Desert vegetation distribution - Research in the Alvord desert (border of Oregon and Nevada) on plant spatial distribution by species and substrate, with a focus on identifying the best methodology for mapping. Also looked at lizard habitat use.
- Native plant cultivation and landscape restoration - As part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai, Hawaii, I worked as a conservationist, attempting to recover an entire valley on the isolated north shore. We removed invasive species, planted natives, and set up long term strategies and systems for permanent restoration.
- Mountain Goat metapopulation study - Working to determine the success of efforts to bolster native populations, I collected goat DNA throughout the Cascade range of Washington, mapping herd locations and identifying habitat, or potential habitat, for the rare goat (see picture).
- Prostate cancer research - While not ecological, as an undergraduate I had the privilege of working at the University of Washington cancer research lab, and learned techniques of RT-PCR, single cell isolation, and ran more gels than I care to remember.