Restoration Ecology, invasive species experiment
                                                                                                                                                     Ethnobotany, field journaling in the sagebrush flats 


General Ecology
Environmental Research and Writing
Restoration Ecology
Climate Change Science and Management

I am a co-founder of the New Roots Institute for the Study of Food Systems, a collective of scholars with interests in food systems education across the social and natural sciences. We have developed innovative, immersive, interdisciplinary undergraduate curricula on food systems and have written on the pedagogies of emerging food systems studies programs across the country (Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems).


2014 - Present      Faculty, University of Idaho
2013                    Adjunct Faculty, San Jose State University 
2012                    Adjunct Faculty, Berkeley City College


2014 IPCC Report: 11 Frequently Asked Questions on Climate Change

Working smarter not harder  (On the importance of time for synthesis and reflection after learning!)

Peer discussion is a great way to enhance learning, however research indicates that learning depends on having group members with conflicting initial answers to the question (it didn't matter if initial answers were right or wrong!).  Smith, M. K., Wood, W. B., Adams, W. K., Wieman, C., Knight, J. K., Guild, N., & Su, T. T. (2009). Why peer discussion improves student performance on in-class concept questions. Science, 323(5910), 122-124.

National Center for Case Studies Teaching in Science library (a peer-reviewed free library of case studies for using in teaching a variety of environmental topics). 

Moths fertilize edible algal gardens in sloth fur in exchange for transport to oviposition sites:  A syndrome of mutualism reinforces the lifestyle of a sloth (Pauli et al. 2014) (Fantastic paper for using in ecology lessons on mutualism!)

Photo Credit: Lech Naumovich 
Forestiera pubescens (desert olive) - why this positioning of male and female flowers!?  Reducing the likelihood of self fertilization...  An umbrella for pollen in a rainy California spring...?