Research Focus

I have a long-term study that has been investigating how rapid growth and development impacts birds in Breckenridge, Colorado. I am also working on a project on the winter-feeding behavior of Northern Shovelers in the Denver metro area. This is a great project for student involvement as the behavior occurs from November to March.

Finally, I am currently wrapping up a study in Costa Rica on how reforestation efforts have provided habitat for neotropical migratory birds. Students that work with me often work on existing projects or we develop new projects that appeal to their own interests in conservation and birds.


BIO 3280 – Field Orni Fun

Academic Background:

I am a first-generation college student from Southern California. However, I have now lived more of my life in Colorado than in California. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and my Master’s and Ph.D from the University of Colorado Boulder. My first academic position was at the University of Wisconsin Eau Clair and have been at MSU Denver since 2003. I love working at MSU Denver and I am so proud of the mission of the University and truly believe that you have access to a world class education.

Fun Facts:

When I am not working, I love spending time in our great outdoors where you will find me hiking, skiing, biking, playing disc golf with my family, out on a run or even on the tennis court.