Centennial Staff Profiles
|Title||Staff Research Associate III|
|Location||UCCE Sonoma County|
|Time with ANR||14 years|
I provide options to help people make decisions about what to do—and where—on their property to protect or improve water quality and overall watershed health. I often put on a rain suit, or chat around a kitchen table, or sit at my desk, working to provide research, workshops, and landowner meetings and to publish research results.
|Most Memorable Moment||
There have been many memorable moments. The most challenging were when I was evaluating restored streams that were overgrown by blackberry and willow and when we collected water quality samples during rainfall events to quantify the effectiveness of Best Management Practices on the farm. This often included research with a headlamp on.
|What I love Most About Working for ANR||
I enjoy helping people achieve their goals using the most effective stewardship techniques.
I first started at UCCE in Santa Rosa when I was 7 as a Special Junior in 4-H, showing the sheep my grandfather gave me. I studied biology and watershed ecology, working with multiple professors on stream restoration and salmonid research. Now I get to help many of the people, and the local ranching community, who helped me when I was growing up, applying the skills and relationships I have fostered my entire life.