Recipient of 2011 Spurr Service Award
Annual award given by Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis to a currently enrolled student for outstanding accomplishment in outreach
Dissertation research outreach
Although I need “just” three chapters and three signatures from my dissertation committee to get my PhD, I would not feel satisfied with my PhD career if I did not also have an outreach component for my research. Therefore, I wrote yearly updates for my native forbs research (see Restoration and Herbivory Ecology) and emailed and hard-mailed those to the growers on whose lands my experimental plots were. I have been communicating with Xerces, a non-profit dedicated to invertebrate conservation, about further ideas for outreach products. For my main dissertation research on invasive plants in conservation linkages (see Landscape and Invasion Ecology), I consulted with local conservation players (e.g., Yolo County Resource Conservation District for my hedgerow study and Riverside Conservation Authority for my SoCal linkages work) to determine appropriate and effective outreach materials.
Designed for landowners interested in or with hedgerows:
Targeted at local landowners, agriculturalists, and resource conservation organizations: Article excerpt from Colusa Cty. Resource Conservation District June newsletter
Continuing education workshop
“Role of science and scientists in collaborative conservation decision-making and planning: a workshop in skill development.” 2011. Co-organized with another grad student and two staff members of John Muir Institute for the Environment. 2-day evening workshop attended by 15 graduate students on UC Davis campus.
Conservation education seminar series
“Climate Change and Conservation.” 2011. Co-organizer and presenter of Conservation Connoisseur Seminar Series. 2-part public seminar held at Davis City Library.
Stakeholder workshop in Willamette Valley
“Assessing species and reserve vulnerability to climate change in the Willamette Valley ecoregion.”
2011. Co-organized with Art Martin and key partners from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Defenders of Wildlife a half-day workshop on Conservation Management project results for local stakeholders. Goal was to share results and management suggestions and to solicit feedback from stakeholders about revisions and desired outcomes. ODFW headquarters, Salem, OR.
Online outreach module
“Outreach: Broader Impacts Resource Portal.” 2011. Co-author/creator. Online outreach module with guidelines for developing outreach plans for dissertation research with an emphasis on involving underrepresented groups.
Graduate Group in Ecology admissions
Reviewer 2008, 2011-2013
Quantitatively/ qualitatively score GGE applicants. Current student review is part of the final admission selection criteria.
Ecological restoration workshop 2009
Co-organized with three other graduate students and two professors. 1 daylong workshop with invited, sponsored speakers and approx. 50 attendees, UC Davis campus. Goal was to strengthen communication between practitioners and academics in the regional area.