BA, Organismal Biology, Claremont McKenna College
MPhil, Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
I'm a PhD Candidate in the Schmitz Lab at Yale F&ES and a Research Affiliate with at the Wildlife Institute of India. I grew up in Sebastopol, CA amidst redwood groves and apple orchards and was captivated early on by the challenge of conserving natural ecosystems within human-dominated landscapes. I received my BA in Organismal Biology from Claremont McKenna College in 2007 and in 2008 studied pheasants in the Great Himalayan National Park on a Fulbright Scholarship in India. My experiences in India spurred my interest to study methods of reducing conflict at the human-wildlife interface, an underlying theme in my dissertation research on tiger and leopard livestock depredation. I enjoy hiking, bird watching, practicing yoga, seeing Bollywood movies and drinking chai.