Outreach and Service

Santa Cruz Pumas Internship Program

Through the Santa Cruz Puma Project, we work with undergraduates in both the field and the lab to teach them about field methods and data analysis in carnivore ecology. Students learn a range of skills including telemetry, navigation, setting and processing data from trail cameras, and analyzing video data from camera traps for behavior. I have mentored 15 undergraduate interns through this program.

Conservation Scats

Conservation Scats is a citizen science program that trains local community members in animal tracking and natural history while collecting scat samples for conservation research. I created and managed Conservation Scats, through which I trained over two dozen volunteers who collected 300 carnivore scat samples in seven preserves in Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. 

Society for Conservation Biology: Santa Cruz Chapter (SCSCB)

The Santa Cruz Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology was founded by myself and a small team of graduate students interested in bridging the UCSC academic community and local conservation practitioners. As president, I led the organization of the 18th annual Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium at UCSC. We also host a Santa Cruz Conserves seminar series and seek partnerships with conservation groups to help with local conservation projects and education.

The Wildlife Society: Urban Wildlife Working Group

The Urban Wildlife Working Group of The Wildlife Society brings together scientists who study urban wildlife and advancing our understandings of how humans and animals coexist. I participate in the UWWG by assisting in their online presence. Contact me if you have an urban wildlife news story or academic article you would like to share on the UWWG page. 

Public Outreach

Communicating research to the public and to students is a great way to connect with the local community and share the significance of your work. As a member of the Santa Cruz Puma Project, I live where I work, so luckily I get to be connected to the same community where I conduct my research. I regularly give talks to local K-12 schools, colleges and universities, outdoor schools, and community groups about our work with the Santa Cruz Puma Project. If you are interested in having a presentation for your own group or school, please contact me

Small Mammal Undergraduate Research in Forests (SMURF)

SMURF is a small mammal long-term monitoring project in collaboration with the USCS Natural History Museum and the UC Reserve System. SMURF has trained dozens of undergraduates in animal handling, data management, analysis, and writing since 2009. SMURF encourages undergraduates to perform independent research, and all the data collected by SMURF is reserved for use by undergrad interns. SMURF has so far produced 11 senior theses. I ran SMURF from 2012-2016, and mentored 26 interns during that period.


Teaching Assistant

ENVS 190 – Senior Capstone: Environmental Problem Solving (2013)
ENVS 100 – Ecology and Society (2013)
ENVS 120 – Conservation Biology (2012)
Wildlands Studies: Disappearing Glaciers & Endangered Wildlife: The Montana Project (2012)

Other Mentoring and Service

Wild Felid Association: Student Representative: California (2015 – present)
Science Internship Program: High School Internship Mentor (2015)
UCSC Environmental Studies Department: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Graduate Student Representative (2014 – 2015)
Reviewer for: Biodiversity and Conservation, Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Conservation, Journal of Mammalogy, Movement Ecology, Oikos, PLoS ONE, Wildlife Biology

 Public Presentations 

Wildlife Observer Network Bay Area Meeting • Lakeside Elementary School • Ventura High School • Young Scientists Club • Women in Science and Engineering: Science on Tap • Family Student Housing Wildlife Day • Sons in Retirement • Coast Redwood Middle School Program • Santa Cruz Outdoor School • Pacific Collegiate School • Pacific Grove Natural History Museum • Pajaro Valley High School Earth Day Festival • Wetlands Stewards Program • Pajaro Valley Green Careers Course •  YMCA Camp Campbell • Peninsula Open Space Trust Volunteer Training and Science Day • Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education • Lizzy Fowler Adventure Camps • Felidae Conservation Fund High School Field Trip • Arboretum Naturalist Program • Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance

Wildlands Studies class in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Wildlands Studies class in the Bob Marshall Wilderness