I’m interested in collaborative and innovative approaches to improving fisheries conservation and management. My current research is focused on exploring the potential for agricultural rice fields to be used in the conservation of native fishes in the Central Valley. Juvenile Chinook salmon once reared on vast floodplains throughout the Central Valley during their out-migration to the Pacific Ocean. While most of these natural floodplains are now gone, flooded agricultural fields exist that could function as surrogate floodplains for salmon. This work is forging unique collaborations between agricultural and conservation groups in California to find solutions for declining fishes, especially salmon.
Degrees: B.S. University of California, Santa Cruz