Hello and thanks for taking the time to visit my biographical sketch! I was a community college student myself before transferring to university; the very same path you may be on. I moved from northern Illinois to Colorado where I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology. While in school I worked on a variety of wildlife projects but most dealt with threatened and endangered species. For example, I worked with white-tailed prairie dogs, burrowing owls, Canada lynx, and several upper Colorado River Basin fishes that are federally protected. After I graduated I went to work for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as a member of the recovery team for the endangered black-footed ferret. Following that adventure I moved to Idaho and attended Boise State University where I earned a Master of Science degree in Biology, again working with endangered species. This time I studied two native species of Idaho snails and one non-native, nuisance species. This work led to a decade-long relationship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where I worked as a wildlife biologist for the agency. I began teaching in 2006 and earned my doctorate degree from the University of Idaho conducting research in the field of science education. I’ve brought a lot of new ideas to my classrooms as a result of this work! For the past ten years my focus has been on providing excellent undergraduate science education in Idaho and creating opportunities for our students to engage in research, experience different learning environments, and successfully transfer to a four-year school. I teach a variety of courses at CWI, pursue external funding to support programs for our students, and serve as CWI’s trustee to the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering. I hope that this biosketch helps you to know me a little better and I look forward to seeing you in class and around campus. Please don’t hesitate to stop by, say hello, and introduce yourself!
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