I think it was a Sylvia Earle said, "We have become frighteningly effective at altering nature."
I'm a broadly trained ecologist with interests in what we can do to maintain natural levels of terrestrial and marine biodiversity. The majority of scientific projects that I've been involved with in recent years have underpinnings in Conservation Biology, and have focused on quantifying and understanding ecological challenges, how to solve them, and ultimately how best to protect and preserve native species and their habitats.
I have an undergraduate degree in Biological Science from UC San Diego, and MS and PhD degrees in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. I grew up exploring the tide pools, kelp beds, creeks and redwood forests of the west coast, and somehow never lost my childhood curiosity about the natural world. I continue to this day to encourage my students to ask questions, and keep exploring. Along the way, I strive to instill in them the notion that, "By taking care of nature, we take care of ourselves".