Ph.D. Dartmouth College
M.S. University of Nevada
B.A. University of Kansas



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My interests range from basic research in aquatic science using statistical analysis of large databases to broader applications of empirical evidence in environmental issues and policy. I joined NCEAS as Deputy Director in May, 2006 after several years on faculty at University of Idaho. Diverse research experiences – from SCUBA diving on coral reefs to doing statistics with sociologists – have heightened my appreciation for and enjoyment of the wide variety of research fields represented at NCEAS.

Research Associates

Derek Gray (Baikal Dimensions of Biodiversity)
Stacy Rebich Hespanha (DataONE)
Kara Woo (Baikal Dimensions of Biodiversity)

Current Working Groups

DataONE Community Engagement and Education
Natural History: Decline to Rebirth
Advancing Theory and Research on Scientific Synthesis
Workforce Development for the Institute for Earth and Environmental Software


I increasingly choose publishers that either directly provide open access or allow authors to post manuscripts. I've included a full list of publications and links to those for which I retain rights to post.