I'm a scientist who writes about water, wildfire, climate change, and people. To be more effective at working on what are often emotionally-laden and contentious topics, I also apply relationship-centered approaches and practices including conflict tolerance, self reflection, and contemplation to help scientists inside and outside academia to build and maintain relationships with themselves, each other, and communities. This focus has evolved from my 20+ years spent as a scientist and science communication practitioner, where I've learned that emotional intelligence, including the ability to listen deeply and work with conflict, is critical in the sciences.
I earned my bachelor's degree in environmental science, geology, and political science from Northern Arizona University and my doctoral degree from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. I have developed science communication projects at the Ecological Society of America, served as a AAAS Science and Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, managed a wildfire research and outreach center at UC Berkeley, and bridged science and policy advocacy efforts at the Pew Charitable Trusts. I currently work in the California Institute for Water Resources at the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.