I am currently a Climate Adaptation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Previously I held positions as a Research Associate in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and as 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.
My previous and ongoing projects aim 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; (3) develop novel strategies for conserving species under climate change; and (4) assess vulnerability of ecosystems, wildlife, and communities to climate change. To tackle these issues, I combine field research with analytical models and remote sensing, 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 and assessing vulnerability to climate change in Afghanistan. At the global scale, my research is focused on the conservation of montane species more broadly, without reference to particular taxonomic groups.