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:

Factsheet for forb research

Factsheet for invasive plant research


Targeted at local landowners, agriculturalists, and resource conservation organizations: Article excerpt from Colusa Cty. Resource Conservation District June newsletter

Continuing education workshop

SCB & JMIE workshop Nov '11

“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.

Workshop agenda




Conservation education seminar series

SCB conservation seminar flier

“Climate Change and Conservation.” 2011. Co-organizer and presenter of Conservation Connoisseur Seminar Series. 2-part public seminar held at Davis City Library.


My presentation for Seminar Series








Stakeholder workshop in Willamette Valley

Invitation to workshop, Feb '11

“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.

Agenda for workshop




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.

Visit the broader impacts portal

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-organizer 2008-2009

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.