Through my field courses and my research, I have served as a research mentor for 35 undergraduate students (including 24 female, 4 Hispanic, and 1 Pacific Islander). Many of these students go on to pursue professional careers in science or medicine, and two of my female students (Julie Zill & Corinne Fuchs), while under my guidance, prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships to pursue their Ph.D.s. I currently serve as an elected mentor, providing STEM career advice to the UC Davis chapter of the undergraduate program ‘Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability’ (SEEDS).

On a rolling basis, I seek new, self-motivated volunteers. If you are a student at the University of California, Davis, and you’re interested in getting involved with my research and/or outreach efforts, please read through my websites ( and before contacting me. In your message, please tell me about yourself, including: why you are interested in my work and ecology in general, what career you are seeking (if you think you know ;)), and what, if any, previous research or outreach/communication experience you have (please include references, where possible).