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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Conservation, Field Botany, Floristics, Rare Plants, Desert Ecology, Lichenology, Alpine Systems, Edaphic Endemism.

EDUCATION

2024 - M.S. Botany, in progress. California Botanic Garden at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. 

2021 - B.S. Natural Resources: Botany and Applied Ecology. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. 

2008 - B.F.A. Sculpture, Ceramics. State University of New York, Purchase, NY.

GRANTS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

2022 - Paul Silva Award, California Botanical Society - $600

2022 - Cactus and Succulent Society of America Award - $1200

2022 - American Society of Plant Taxonomists Student Research Award - $1000 

2022 - James Reveal Award, Eriogonum Society - $1000

2022 - Summer Scholarship in Field Botany, Garden Club of America - $3500

2022 - Margaret Williams Research Grant, Nevada Native Plant Society Grant - $1000

2022 - Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant, California Native Plant Society, Bristlecone Chapter Grant - $1000

2022 - White Mountains Mini-Research Grant - $1000

2021 - Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (for 4-month service term) - $1800

PRESENTATIONS

2022 - Poster: Black Holes, White Gold, & Plants on the Edge: Flora of the Silver Peak Range. Botanical Society of America 117th Annual Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska. 

2020 - Geology and the Arts: Soils into Paint. Presented for Oregon State University students. Corvallis, OR. 

2019 - Larrea Tridentata. Presented for plant science students, College of the Desert. Palm Desert, CA. 

2018 - Desert Conservation. Representing Mojave Desert Land Trust at Babes Ride Out, Joshua Tree, CA.  

2017 - Medicinal Plants of Joshua Tree. Public presentation, Beatnik Lounge, Joshua Tree, CA. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2021-present - Research Assistant – California Botanic Garden, Claremont, CA. ​

2021 - Seasonal Lichenology Technician – Oregon State University. Southern Sierras, CA.

2021 - Seasonal Vegetation and Bat Technician - Mojave Desert Network, National Park Service. Boulder City, NV. ​

2020 - Seasonal Riparian Botanist - Montana Natural Heritage Program, Cody, WY. 

2019-2020 -Seasonal Botany Field Technician – University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. 

2018-2019 - Biological Science Technician – USGS, Desert Hot Springs, CA. 

2018 - Seasonal Wildlife Technician II – Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Bristol Bay, Alaska. ​

2014-2019 - Freelance Naturalist and Ecology Educator – Sun Ritual, Joshua Tree, CA.

2014-2016 - Laboratory Assistant - Jenny Q’s Herbals, Joshua Tree, CA. ​​

2012-2013 - Plant Propagation Technician - Merritt College, Horticulture Dept. Oakland, CA.

2011-2012 - Arborist - Tree Wolf, Berkeley, CA.

 

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

2022 - Introduction to Remote Sensing, The Center for Wildlife Studies, online.

2021 - Forest Inventory and Analysis Lichen Indicator Training, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

2021 - Environmental Writers Workshop with Jessica J. Lee, Orion Magazine, online. 

2020 - AIM + MIM Training, Bureau of Land Management/Montana Natural Heritage Program, Lovell, WY.

2020 - Lichen Workshop, Jepson Herbarium, Berkeley, CA. 

2019 - Wildlife Tracking Training, Wolverine Tracking Project, Cascadia Wild, Portland, OR. 

2019 - Advanced Field Botany, University of Idaho, McCall Field Campus, McCall, ID. 

2018 - Desert Ecologist Certificate, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA. 

2017 - Desert Tortoise Field Techniques Course, Desert Tortoise Council, Ridgecrest, CA. 

2017 - Field Botany Apprenticeship, Columbines School for Botanical Studies, Eugene, OR.

2014 - Tree Worker Climbing Certification, Tree Climbing International, Atlanta, GA. 

2013 - Tree Pathology Training, Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA. 

2012 - Horticulturalist Certification, Merritt College, Oakland, CA.

2011 - IN-Land Landscape Architecture Intensive, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. 

2009 - Permaculture Design Certification, Permaculture Institute, La Florida, Costa Rica. 

2008 - Mushroom Identification, New York Botanic Garden, Bronx, NY. 

 

BACKCOUNTRY MEDICINE & OUTDOOR SKILLS TRAININGS 

2022 - Wilderness First Responder Recertification, NOLS, Big Pine, CA

2022 - PADI Open Water Diver, Beach Cities Scuba, Laguna Beach, CA

2022 - Colorado River Rowing Clinic, Colorado River & Cataract Canyon. OARS, Moab, Utah.

2021 - Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horse-packing, UC Davis, Rock Creek Pack Station, CA. 

2021 - Whitewater Kayak Training, Wet Planet, White Salmon, WA. 

2020 - Grizzly Bear Safety Training, Bureau of Land Management, Cody WY. 

2019 - Coastal Drascombe Sailing, NOLS, Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico. 

2019 - Wilderness First Responder, NOLS, Flagstaff AZ. 

2018 - Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue, Joshua Tree, CA. 

2018 - Shotgun Target and Safety Training, Alaska Dept of Fish and Game, Dillingham, AK. 

2013 - Wilderness First Aid, Ready SF, Marin Headlands, CA. 

2011 - Red Cross CPR + First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens Certified, Oakland Red Cross, CA. 

2004 - Red Cross Lifeguard, Brooklyn Red Cross, NY.

VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

2021 - GLORIA Great Basin Volunteer – White Mountains Research Station, White Mountains, CA. 

2021 - Eureka Dunes Rare Plant Monitoring Volunteer – Death Valley National Park, 

2019 - Field Biologist Volunteer – UCR Center for Conservation Biology, Coachella Valley, CA.

2018-2019 - Native Plant Technician Internship - Mojave Desert Land Trust, Joshua Tree, CA. 

2018 - Casey June Beetle Survey Volunteer – The Living Desert, Palm Springs, CA. 

2018 - Wildlife Student Intern – San Diego Museum of Natural History, Grinnell Resurveys, Mecca, CA. 

2018 - Herbarium Volunteer – Joshua Tree National Park, 29 Palms, CA. 

2017 - Vegetation Intern – National Park Service Phenology Project, Joshua Tree, CA. 

2013 - Horticulture and Propagation Volunteer - UC Berkeley Botanic Garden, Berkeley, CA.

2013 - Gardening Teaching Intern -Oakland Based Urban Gardens, Oakland, CA. 

2013 - Administrative Intern - The Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley, CA.

2010-2012 - Taxidermy and Museum Collections Intern - Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS          

Torrey Botanical Society 

Nevada Native Plant Society 

Society for Herbarium Curators 

Botanical Society of America 

California Lichen Society 

Northwest Lichenologists 

Southern California Botanists 

Surfrider Foundation 

United Plant Savers 

California Native Plant Society