Currently, I am Research Scientist with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and a Research Associate at Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute.
I am a native of the Pacific Northwest in the U.S., although my career in conservation biology has taken me to a variety of places to work on diverse wildlife species and ecosystems.
To name a few:
~Central Washington- pygmy rabbits
~KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa- African wild dogs
~Bagamoyo District in Tanzania- fisheries, mangrove forests, coral reefs,
~Chiracahua National National Monument in Arizona- white nosed coatis
~Columbia River Estuary in Oregon and Washington- Caspian terns,
Brown pelicans, Double-crested cormorants
~Grumeti Game Reserve in Tanzania- western white-beared wildebeests
I was married in July 2010 and changed my name, so you can find much of my background documents and publications under my maiden name, Spiering.`
PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
My passion is the conservation of carnivores and endangered species. I believe in a strong multi-disciplinary approach to the science of conservation biology. I enjoy combining different aspects into my research, including behavioral ecology, demographics, genetics, hormones, diet analyses, habitat usage, etc. In particular, I am very interested in using non-invasive approaches such as fecal hormone and genetic analyses to provide new insights into threatened species ecology and conservation while also minimizing researcher impacts on these sensitive animals.