Research Ecologist, USDA/ARS, Exotic and Invasive Weed Research Unit, Davis, CA, 2004 to present
Fulbright Scholar in Botany, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Dept. of Ecology & Hydrobiology, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, 2003.
Post-graduate Researcher, University of California, Davis and Bodega Marine Laboratory. Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta – San Francisco Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program, tidal wetland ecology and endangered plant recovery, 1998-2002.
Sr. Environmental Scientist (Wetland Ecologist/Aquatic Botanist), California Department of Water Resources, Environmental Services Office, Suisun Marsh Program, 1989-1998.
Our research team investigates aspects of plant biology and ecology, and the ecology of biological invasions that contribute to the development of ecologically-based and environmentally benign management strategies for invasive aquatic, wetland and riparian plants in the Pacific West that will reduce undesired impacts on non-target organisms and the environment. Overarching objectives of this research are to conduct research to understand the biogeography of invasive plant species and the ecology of invaded systems at relevant spatial scales to solve critically important invasive weed problems. We aim to support recovery of impacted native species, plant communities and watersheds, and to develop ecologically-based strategies for invasive plant management that are integrated with strategies for ecological restoration.
Current research includes focus on the following:
*Info about my research team:
Current lab members: Caryn Joy Futrell, M.S.; Christopher McCort, M.S.; Jessica Drost, B.S.; Mayra Huerta, undergraduate student associate.
2017 Lab Alumni: Dr. Meghan Skaer Thomason; Ann Le, B.S.; Denise Castro, undergraduate associate.
Principal collaborators: Dr. Rebecca E. Drenovsky, John Carrol University, Dr. Michael Netherland, US Army Corps Aquatic Plant Control Research Program/University of Florida; Dr. John Gaskin, USDA-ARS Sidney, MT; Dr. Gabrielle Thiébaut, Dr. Morgane Gillard, University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France; Dr. Jesús Castillo, Blanca Gallego-Tevar, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Seville, Spain; Dr. Christine Whitcraft, California State University-Long Beach; Dr. Peter Hoch, Missouri Botanical Garden Research Herbarium.