I am an urban ecologist by training, currently working as a support scientist in the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Prior to that, I was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Terrestrial Ecology Program, Earth Sciences Division, NASA.

The majority of my work here at NASA is related to incorporating humans into our understanding of ecological processes. Rather than thinking of humans as external factors that mainly disturb the ecosystem, we recognize that people are internal agents that both drive and respond to changes in the system. Developing this kind of ecological understanding requires an interdisciplinary perspective, including (but not limited to) the fields of urban planning, sociology, economics, anthropology, history, engineering, etc.

There are 2 main activities I am involved with:
  1. NASA's new field campaign: Arctic and Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE).
    • The high northern latitudes are experiencing some of the fastest rates of climate change of any place in the world. These changes raise numerous questions about the impacts to and responses of coupled socio-ecological systems - from the challenges that coastal villages and subsistance hunters face to the environmental ramifications and economic benefits of potential new resource extraction. I am working with the Science Definition Team for the ABoVE campaign to ensure that perspectives on human dimensions are included in the final Concise Experimental Plan.
  2. Interagency working groups at the US Global Change Research Program. I help represent NASA in:

In my research life, I have focused on Designed Ecosystems

Subpages (1): Designed Ecosystems