Photo: Jessica Ortiz

I am a conservation biologist and carnivore ecologist currently working as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley and the California Academy of Sciences. My research interests include human-wildlife conflict, movement ecology, multidisciplinary mapping, and using participatory methods for more effective, equitable, and inclusive conservation outcomes.

As a science communicator, I have worked with National Geographic Society, National Geographic Partners/Disney, Plimsoll Productions, PBS, and others on various projects and productions (including acting, script writing, content development, podcasts, social media campaigns). I am currently represented by United Talent Agency. I also have experience as a panelist, presenter, and educator for audiences of all backgrounds. I’m grateful to be a National Geographic Explorer, Schmidt Science Fellow, Switzer Fellow, and a member of the IUCN Hyaena Specialist Group.

Importantly, I am also a whole person who is not defined by my science. I am a musician. I play the cello and guitar, I sing, and I am a performing member of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. I dabble in comedy, and am unashamedly a fan of dad jokes. Dog whispering, hiking, biking, running, reading, windsurfing (a.k.a. falling while trying to windsurf), and other ocean play are additional passions of mine.

Find me on twitter, instagram, and tiktok. For all presentation, filmmaking, media, and research inquiries, please contact me using the form below.

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