Curriculum vitae

Professional preparation

Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, 2015-present   
University of Colorado, Boulder

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, 2015
University of California, Berkeley


University of California, Berkeley, PhD in Ecosystem Science, 2015   
University of Western Australia, MSc in Natural Resources, 2010             
Yale University, BS Distinction in Biology, 2008

Fellowships and awards

  • United States Department of Agriculture NIFA Graduate Fellowship, 2014-2016 
  • Philomathia Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Sciences, UC Berkeley, 2013-2015 
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2010-2012                                                           
  • Scholarship for International Fees, University of Western Australia, 2009-2010                           
  • Fulbright Scholar to Australia, 2008                                                  
  • Edgar J. Boell Prize for excellence in biology, Yale University, 2008
  • Student Employee of the Year, Yale University, 2008         

Research grants

  • USDA AFRI Soil Science Program, PIs K. Suding and W. Silver,
    Senior Scientist L. Hallett, 2014-2017 ($500,000)
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2013 ($13,000)
  • G. A. Harris Research Instrumentation Fellowship, 2013 ($4,500)  
  • UC Berkeley, The Green Fund Initiative, 2012 ($16,232)    
  • Ecological Society of America Long-Term Studies Section Travel Grant, 2012 ($300)          
  • Ecological Society of America Travel Grant, 2012 (invited presentation; $1000)          
  •  Mary Janet Lindsay of Yanchep Research Scholarship, 2009 ($2,400)     
  • Ecological Society of Australia Travel Grant, 2009 ($750)


    codyn: Community Dynamics Analysis. An R package for analysis of long-term ecological data.
    Lead developer, published on CRAN, latest version and issue-tracking on GitHub

Invited presentations

  • Spatial refugia, invasion, and climate change: Species conservation in the Anthropocene. 2015. Organized session speaker, Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD
  • Compensatory dynamics in nature: A stabilizing role for interspecific competition. 2015. Organized Ignite session speaker, Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD
  • Climate change structures a cyclical invasion into a rare serpentine grassland. 2014. Graduate Workshop on Environmental Data Analytics, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
  •  Biotic mechanisms of community stability depend on the environmental context. 2013. University of Western Australia Ecology Seminar Series, Perth, Australia
  • The future of restoration ecology. 2013. Plenary Panelist, Society for Ecological Restoration, Madison, WI
  • How common is the historical reference ecosystem? A review of community-based restoration projects. 2013. Symposium speaker, Society for Ecological Restoration, Madison, WI
  • Maximizing the value of ecological restoration: Setting goals that are both desirable and resilient. 2013. Symposium speaker, Society for Ecological Restoration, Madison, WI
  • Are historical and novel ecosystems functionally equivalent? A test in California grasslands. 2012. Invited poster, Ecological Society of America Emerging Issues conference, National Conservation Training Center, WV
  • Novelty value: Intervention ecology and making the most of novel ecosystems. 2011. Symposium speaker, Society for Ecological Restoration, Merida, Mexico
  • Toward a conceptual framework for managing novel ecosystems. 2011. Restoration Institute, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
    • Contributed presentations

      • Mediterranean Ecosystems  Conference, Olmué, Chile, , 2014, poster presentation
      • Ecological Society of America, Sacramento, CA, 2014, oral presentation
      • LTER All Scientists Meeting, Estes Park, CO, 2012, poster presentation
      • Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR, 2012, oral presentation
      • Ecological Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010, oral presentation
      • Society for Ecological Restoration, Perth, Australia, 2009, oral presentation
      • International Congress of Ecology, Brisbane, Australia, 2009, oral presentation
      • Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM, 2009, poster presentation
      • Ecological Society of Australia, Sydney, Australia, 2008oral presentation

      Teaching experience

      • Plant Ecology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2015
        Guest lecture: Plant population modeling
      • Introduction to R for Resource Managers , 2015
        Instructor for a two-day workshop on R and data management
        Sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
      • Jepson Herbarium Natural History Workshop Series, 2014
        Instructor for Restoration Ecology course
      • Restoration Ecology, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
        Graduate student instructor
        Guest lecture: Restoration and climate change
      • Introduction to Ecology, University of Western Australia, 2009, 2010
        Lab demonstrator
      • Global Change and Biodiversity Conservation, University of Western Australia, 2009
        Lab demonstrator

      Mentoring Experience

      Undergraduate Thesis Advisor, UC Berkeley 

      • Nathan Bickart. 2013. Managing the weed-shaped hole: Improving nitrogen uptake and preventing re-invasion in urban riparian restoration (UCB SPUR, UCB Chancellor’s Green Fund)     
      • Lawrence Fernandez. 2013. Establishment and regeneration: Designing a successful planting palette for Strawberry Creek natural areas (UCB SPUR)     
      • Amy Foo. 2013. Persistence for annual plants in serpentine grassland: A seed bank study (UCB SPUR)     
      • Kelsey Killoran. 2012. Determining the degree to which propagule pressure facilitates invasion of serpentine grassland

      Working groups

      • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, 2015-present
        Translational ecology (Participant)
      • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, 2015-present
        Coordinating data intensive science education and training (Participant)
      • LTER All Scientists Meeting , 2015-present
        Spatial vs. temporal trends in annual primary productivity (Co-organizer)
      • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, 2014-present
        A toolbox for analysis of long-term ecological dynamics (Participant)
      • Center of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, 2013-present
        Meta-analysis of experimental tests of resilience to disturbance (Participant)
      • NSF Long-term Ecological Research Network (LTER) cross-site synthesis, 2011-2012
        Precipitation variability and grassland diversity and composition (Participant)

      Research experience

      • East Bay Regional Parks District, Oakland, CA, 2012-present
        Research consultant
      • Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, New Haven, CT 2006-2008
        Research assistant
      • Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research Station, Manhattan, KS, Summer 2007
        NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates invitee
      • Keck Lab, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA Summer 2006
        NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates invitee

      Professional service

      • USDA-AFRI Review Panelist, 2015 
        Agroecosystem Management
      • Open Hatch “Open Source Comes to Campus” UCB Event, 2014 
        Instructor and career panelist
      • Graduate Student Assembly, 2012-2013 
        UC Berkeley Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
      • Expanding Your Horizons, UC Berkeley conference, 2011-2012
        Organizing committee
      • Restoration Ecology (Journal), 2009-2010
        English-language editor
      • Rottnest Postgraduate Summer School, UWA School of Plant Biology, 2010
        Committee co-chair
      • Reviewer for: Annals of Botany, Conservation Letters, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecosphere (2), Global Change Biology, Journal of Ecology, Journal of Vegetation Science, NSF, Oecologia (2), Plant Ecology, PLoS ONE, PNAS, Rangeland Ecology and Management, USGS