Associate Professor, Conservation Biology
University of British Columbia Okanagan
I am interested in how forestry activities and fire affect rare or at-risk wildlife species. I work primarily in western forests and sage-steppe habitats. One major focus is on how snowshoe hares and bobcats respond to precommercial thinning patterns. In sage-steppe habitats, I interested in how species respond to loss of habitat.
I am also deeply interested in how critical habitat is designated under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the Canadian Species at Risk Act, as designation requires a wide range of biological information and involves many stakeholders. I am a member of the Terrestrial Mammals Subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Wildlife in Canada. Because she has worked on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border during her career, she is particularly interested in working on conservation issues that span political jurisdictions.