- BA, Geography and Environmental Studies, McGill University
- PhD., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado. Project: Pollinators in an urbanizing environment: Effects of suburban sprawl on a grassland bee assemblage
I am a landscape and urban ecologist. As a scientist in a planning department, much of my work centers on bridging the gap between academic research and real-world planning and design applications, that is, between “ways of knowing” and “ways of doing”. My research interests focus topically on the ecological, economic and social roles of nature and natural systems in and around cities. My PhD. research examined the effects of suburban development and open space on the community ecology of wild bees in the Denver, Colorado area. I now work on green infrastructure-related questions ranging from the ecological processes occurring within stormwater bioretention systems to regional green infrastructure planning and implementation. Much of my research also includes a focus on urban water issues in the urbanizing landscapes of the Western US. I am also a founding member and Chair of the steering committee of the NatureWorks Alliance, a regional network focused on promoting and developing green infrastructure planning and practice in Utah. I teach courses on urban ecology, sustainability, systems thinking, and green infrastructure.