In addition to my formal education in Biology at Reed College (B. A.) and in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona (Ph. D.), I have worked as a field ecologist for The Nature Conservancy, the U. S. D. A. Forest Service, and a private, non-profit biological research station (Archbold Biological Station). I have held post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University’s Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS), at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France, and at one of the world's largest natural history museums, the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France.
I have many people to thank…here are but a few. From my physicist father, I
learned an attention to detail and a desire to understand the
world in a mechanistic way. From my mother, a professor of English literature,
I learned a love of reading and good writing. From age 8 to 15,
I was lucky enough to spend time at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s
science camp in eastern Oregon, Hancock Field Station, led by Joseph and Connie Jones. That time spent exploring and learning in the high desert of eastern Oregon, and other places
throughout the western U. S., left an indelible mark on me. My deep thanks go to Joseph and Connie and so many others that made Hancock such an incredibly rich and unique learning environment. I am also grateful to acknowledge Bert Brehm's influence on me at Reed College, particularly his inquisitiveness and depth of knowledge about
plant evolution and plant communities.