I am currently a Research Associate in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, I was a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. My research broadly focuses on applied ecology, conservation biology, and biogeography, with a particular interest in understanding the impacts of global change on biodiversity.
I have ongoing projects aiming to (1) determine the factors limiting species ranges along environmental gradients; (2) understand the impacts of agriculture and grazing on species populations and geographic ranges; and (3) develop novel strategies for conserving species under climate change. To tackle these issues, I combine field research with analytical models, as well as utilize existing datasets on species distributions, land-use patterns, climate projections, and high-resolution digital elevation models. At the regional scale, my research is focused on understanding the ecology, conservation, and biogeography of Himalayan birds. At the global scale, my research is primarily focused on the conservation of montane species more broadly, without reference to particular taxonomic groups.