Associate Director, Fire Learning Network, The Nature Conservancy and Colorado State University
Ph.D. Forest Sciences, Colorado State University, USA. 2010. Thesis: Community-based fire management in La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico
M.S. Botany, Miami University, USA. 1985.
Employment in protected areas management and fire program development with The Nature Conservancy: 1986-2004; 2009-present. (Time away for Ph.D. studies).
Current professional duties:
I assist groups of stakeholders to figure out solutions to complex fire problems on their landscapes via the Fire Learning Network. Federal fire planning in the US is part of this picture, as well as assisting Indigenous Peoples (Native American Indian Tribes) to restore their traditional fire practices in a contemporary context. Much of my work takes place in Northern California, a region with large tracts of forest land, a high concentration of Indigenous Peoples and fire-adapted ecosystems.
Key research Interests: community-based; fire management; tradtional ecological knowledge