Teaching Experience

Director of Science, Planning and Education (2010 – Present)

Save the Redwoods League, San Francisco, CA

  • Spearheaded a strategic refocus of the Education Program to connect more socioeconomically underserved and ethnically diverse youth to the redwoods by providing field trips for more than 5,000 students annually.
  • Developed a portfolio of inquiry-based STEM curriculum for grades 9-12 that immerses more than 450 students annually in the analysis of authentic redwood research data.
  • Designed and taught curriculum to provide annual training for more than 250 environmental education professionals on the natural and cultural history of the redwoods.

Expert Instructor (2012-Present)

University of California Extension

  • Forest ecology instructor in the California Naturalist Training Course.

Post-Doctoral Researcher (2009-2010)

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Mentored undergraduate students in field and laboratory research on the ecology and evolution of fern drought tolerance.

Graduate Student Instructor (2004-2008)

University of California, Berkeley

  • Recognized for excellence in undergraduate education by the Department for Integrative Biology for instruction in laboratory and discussion sections of courses including Introductory Biology, Ecology, Plant & Fungal Diversity, and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry.

Created Fern Watch

  • Designed an inquiry-based citizen science program to bring urban youth into the redwood forest to track how ferns respond to climate change.
  • Created interdisciplinary partnerships with Chabot Space & Science Center, Save the Redwoods League, East Bay Regional Parks, and University of California, Santa Cruz to institutionalize Fern Watch at multiple education sites.

Women in Science Frameshifter Award

  • Recognition for my contributions to education, science, and conservation of redwoods by St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota (2013)

Students hiking to Redwood Bowl B-4April2014

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