I have been fascinated by biodiversity, plants, and ecology since I was a child growing up in southern California. I earned a B.S. in biology at UC Riverside and went on to do graduate studies in plant ecology (M.S. and Ph.D.) at Virginia Tech. As a professor in the Department of Biology at CSUN, I teach courses in evolutionary biology, plant ecology, and conservation biology on a regular basis. My students and I conduct research, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Carrizo Plain National Monument, Owens Valley, and elsewhere. This work has mostly focused on grassland/prairie vegetation, disturbance, habitat restoration, invasive species, rare species, plant-animal interactions, and climate change. In addition, I am interested in how environmental history affects the ecological patterns and processes that we observe today. Beyond ecology, I am an avid gardener, reader of fiction, proponent of a liberal/progressive/tolerant/generous world view, traveler to far-flung international locales, and aficionado of old houses.

  • Ph.D. 1990, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S. 1985, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.S. 1981, University of California Riverside

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