My photos are primarily from research or course expeditions to Brazil, Ecuador and the Galápagos, Costa Rica, Baja Mexico, Alaska, and the American West.


My research endeavors have in the past included studies of forest regrowth in the Amazon basin, severe weather effects on forest edges, and the natural history of the American lotus (Nelumbo lutea). I am currently engaged with ongoing research on climate change and its impacts on the American pika (Ochotona princeps), as well as collaborative research among offices of sustainability in higher education.

Communicating Sustainability

In 1997 I began writing the program EarthNote, airing from the award-winning WFIU public radio station in Bloomington, Indiana. My current produced pieces, including the series Pathways To Green, are available on PRX.org. From 2003-2005 I produced Environmental Voices Radio at Santa Clara University on KSCU and the web, training and featuring student talent. I am a former producer and contributor to EcoTalk with Betsy Rosenberg, based out of San Francisco, CA. Currently I direct the Princeton University Student Environmental Communication Network, which features student broadcast and video perspectives on sustainability.

Current Field Work

Starting in 2005 I began collaborating as part of research team monitoring the receding edge of pika historic range across the Great Basin region. I also began collaborating in population monitoring of pika at a long-term research site in Montana’s Gallatin Range. This research continues.

Sustainability At Home

My favorite home projects include playing with diverse but simple sustainable living options. We plant vegetable and herb gardens, explore indoor vermicomposting, collect rain in barrels, compost food scraps and invasive weeds, raise rabbits and chickens for pets and high nitrogen manure, and build DIY and inexpensive green roof tray systems, straw bale and recycled material structures. 

Partial Resume


  • Ph.D. Environmental Science, Indiana University, 2002
  • M.S. Environmental Science, Indiana University, 1997
  • M.A. Cultural Studies, Holy Names College, CA, 1994
  • B.S. Zoology, Ohio State University, 1993


  • Director, Office of Sustainability, Princeton University
  • Director, Student Environmental Communication Network, Princeton University
  • President-elect (2014), New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS)
  • Executive Board, Sustainable Princeton nonprofit
  • Steering Committee Chair, Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC)
  • Member, Ivy+ Sustainability Leadership Group
  • Advisory Council, Co-Chair of National Listening Project, American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
  • Editorial Board, Sustainability: Journal of Record


  • Faculty Director. Campus and Community Programs. Environmental Studies Institute, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, 2002-05



--Princeton University--

Communicating Sustainability: Critical Reporting on Environmental Issues

--Indiana University, Bloomington--

Techniques in Environmental Science, Environmental History, Terrestrial Habitat Analysis, Aquatic Habitat Analysis, Wetlands: Biology & Regulation

--Santa Clara University (*new course)--

Energy and the Environment, Introduction to Environmental Science*, Natural History of Baja, Mexico*, Sustainable Development in Costa Rica*, Outdoor Leadership Expedition*, Special Topics in Env. Studies: Sustainability*, Environmental Activism


  • Advanced Tracking. Tom Brown Tracker School, 2006
  • Silver medal. Masters Nationals Regatta, CA, 2000/03
  • Certification. PADI Rescue Diver, 2003
  • Female Athlete of the Year. Indiana University Club Sports, Rowing, 1999
  • Graduate. National Outdoor Leadership School, NOLS Headquarters, Lander, WY, 1987