- Assistant Professor and Assistant Unit Leader – Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, USGS NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
- Faculty Fellow – Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
- Principal Researcher – FAST Lab
- Ph.D. Fisheries Science, University of Washington, 2011
- M.Sc. Fisheries Science, University of Washington, 2007
- B.Sc. Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2001
I’m fascinated by the interface between ecology and people in managing natural resource systems. My research aims to address information needs for resource management with a focus on aquatic and marine systems. As such, I maintain a multidisciplinary research program that spans ecological topics—including population abundance assessment, demography, population dynamics modeling, species distribution modeling, and statistical genetics—and socioeconomic topics—including risk assessment and risk management in fisheries. Much of what I do involves applied statistics and modeling, but I occasionally get out in the field to conduct lake and stream sampling, collect biopsies off walrus, and count things in the intertidal zone. The ecosystems in which I’ve worked are predominately found at high latitudes, many of which are situated in subarctic and arctic climates.
I grew up on the Mississippi River in Minnesota. I earned a B.S. in Zoology at the U of WI-Madison Center for Limnology and then earned both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the U of WA-Seattle School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.