I am a Sonoma State University graduate student in the Girman Biology Group. My research is focused on the impact of microgeographic features and changing seasonal climate variables on the phenology of herpetofauna within the North Bay Area. My research occurs on nature preserves in the Mayacamas Mountains and Sonoma Mountains, Pepperwood Preserve and Sonoma State University’s Fairfield Osborn Preserve. These areas are located within Sonoma County, both of which are incorporated within the Bay Area Critical Linkage Area, an area deemed critical to protect for conservation purposes. I am incorporating the participation from volunteers including nature preserve affiliates and undergraduate college students using citizen science smartphone technology for several aspects of my project. On this website, you will find the “Herpetofauna Project: About” page and “Herpetofauna Project: Events & Communication” with details about the project, participants, and events.
As a credentialed high school biology teacher in the North Bay Area, my students focused on the first high school iNaturalist project, Montgomery High School Ecology Project. I plan to continue to provide students opportunities to participate in service-learning activities in both the high school and college setting. I really enjoy collaborating with other biology teachers who are interested in implementing volunteers and citizen scientist into their curriculum. On this website you will find my iNaturalist project outline and related curriculum available for those interested in implementing a secondary school-level or college-level volunteer citizen science project. I would love to connect with other teachers implementing citizen science into a project so we can share ideas.
I earned a BS degree is in Wildlife Biology from UC Davis before becoming a “certified naturalist”. It was very exciting to participate in the first UC California Naturalist Program held at Pepperwood Preserve which is where I learned about citizen science smartphone technology.