I grew up here in the Pacific Northwest and have a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Wildlife from Humboldt State University. For my master’s research, I studied habitat ecology of North American porcupines in the Tolowa Dunes of northern California. I have also been working on distribution modeling and optimizing monitoring methods for porcupines in light of their apparent declines in western North America.
For my Ph.D. research, I am using passive monitoring and deep learning methods to study wildlife community ecology in forests of the Pacific Northwest. I am co-advised by Dr. Damon Lesmeister with the U.S. Forest Service PNW Research Station, where an ongoing bioacoustics project is being developed to monitor northern spotted owls and other species. We are using convolutional neural networks to automate the identification of a host of different bird and mammal species from acoustic recordings and camera trap images, which allows us to explore dynamics within and between wildlife communities.