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 Expertise

    • Biodiversity Conservation
    • Avian Ecology
    • GIS & Spatial Analysis
    • Backcountry Field Research
    • Grassland & Farmland Biodiversity Conservation
    • Community-Based Conservation
    • Social-ecological Systems of North Eurasia

About Me

I am a wildlife biologist whose work currently focuses on the ecology and conservation of bustard species in Eurasia. I integrate spatial analyses and field data with an understanding of a region’s cultures, history, and economy to determine effective conservation policies.

My work with Great Bustards, the heaviest animals capable of flight, began in 2005. I earned a PhD in Biology from Arizona State University for a community-based research and conservation program that I spearheaded on the endangered eastern subspecies of Great Bustard in Mongolia.

My first experience in Eurasia was as a high school exchange student from Encinitas, California. I fell in love with the region, and have since spent over seven cumulative years in Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan. Much of this time has been in the remote backcountry, where I lead expeditions working with teams of local people. I enjoy learning languages, and speak advanced Russian and Khalkha Mongolian, intermediate Uzbek and Spanish, and have training in additional Central Asian languages.

Current Roles

I founded and direct the Eurasian Bustard Alliance, a collaboration for research and conservation, working to better understand and protect bustard species in the region. I also serve as Deputy Chair of the IUCN Bustard Specialist Group.

I am currently engaged in projects related to the conservation of the Great Bustard in Central Asia as a National Geographic Explorer and a Title VIII Research Fellow.

I am interested in short- and long-term positions. I am also available for consulting, speaking engagements, and writing assignments.