Genetics. Modern conservation requires modern tools. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have made powerful methods available for use on any organism. I am able complete conservation genetic investigations for both plants and animals using the latest genetic techniques. I have carried out genetics projects of this kind for several land management agencies, including the Department of Defense and the Bureau of Land Management. For further reading, see my whitepaper on sequencing.
Ecology. Ecological systems are complex, made up of hundreds of thousands of interacting species, including plants, animals, and microbes. Systems like this require advanced study and analysis. I am available to carry out field work and statistical analysis for a variety of ecological systems, including plant-soil systems, plant-pollinator systems, or whole ecosystems. Tools used in this type of work include metagenomic sequencing (DNA sequencing to identify soil microbes) and detailed soil chemistry analysis.
Bees. Wild, native bees are the single most important group if insects involved in plant pollination. The ecosystem services that they provide in a variety of agro-ecosystems are worth tens of billions of dollars per year to the world economy. And yet, little is known about bee diversity, and how bees are responding to human-caused changes to the environment. I carry out comprehensive, long-term, native bee surveys, or more limited surveys at a single time point.