Documenting Endangered Cypress in Laos

Come join me on an extraordinary conservation adventure this New Years. Thanks to National Geographic Conservation Trust, I am back in Laos documenting the critically endangered Chinese swamp cypress population that I stumbled upon while working on a wetland restoration project in central Laos in 2007. Until this discovery, only 250 individuals were known to … Read more

Restoring Mangrove Ecosystems in Coastal Cambodia

Nonprofit organization Prey Nup Mangrove Conservation Project has been purchasing and protecting old growth mangrove forests on the coast of Southern Cambodia for the past ten years. Recently, they have purchase impacted lands surrounding the old growth forest to restore. Students and researchers from my Ecosystem Research Lab at the University of San Francisco, the … Read more

Roots to Reefs

I’m back in Cambodia this summer again revisiting the old growth mangrove forest in Cambodia to help continue the delineation and characterization of this newly protected area with our colleagues from the Prey Nup Mangrove Conservation Project.  Last summer’s investigation introduced my team to enterprising conservationists who have been purchasing and protecting pristine mangrove forests. … Read more

Death March to Sierra Buttes Cave

I am just back from a remarkable adventure in the Sierra Nevada mountains! I joined my plant taxonomy professor Bob Patterson’s Flora of the Northern Sierra Nevada class for a day. We hiked to the top of the Sierra Buttes – my favorite hike that I try to do at least once a year. It … Read more

San Joaquin River Invasive Species Project Experts Panel

I recently participated in the first all-day meeting of the San Joaquin River Invasive Species Experts Panel at The Nature Conservancy in Sacramento on March 13, 2012. We discussed this exciting new project funded by the San Joaquin River Restoration Project Settlement and run by The Nature Conservancy, River Partners and the San Joaquin River … Read more

San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

The 9th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival is coming up in 2 weeks – March 8-11.  I have been working on the Film Review Committee for the past 6 months and we have some amazing films selected for you to see!  Join me at the Opening Gala at the Aquarium of the Bay’s Theater … Read more

Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research

I attended the SCCUR Conference in Pomona, CA with 2 of my undergraduate students, Justin Bauer (right) and Steven Liberman (left), in November 2011 at Mt San Antinio College.  They presented their restoration ecology research on establishing native dune scrub plants to the USF Lone Mountain Campus. Justin’s talk was entitled: Native Plant Establishment: The Seaside … Read more

Redwood Creek Restoration


During this field trip, we learned about riparian ecosystems found along streams of coastal California by visiting Redwood Creek and sampling riparian vegetation along a restored reach of this stream.  Other field trip objectives were to practice using field equipment for vegetation sampling and to assist the GGNRA in monitoring restoration of a riparian ecosystem … Read more

Farallon Islands


We explored marine ecosystems by boat on this trip found just off the coast of San Francisco, in the Gulf of the Farallons National Marine Sanctuary.  The Environmental Science Department at USF organized a joint boat trip for the CA Ecosystems upper division undergraduate course and the MSEM Wildlife & Humans course. Approximately 30 students from … Read more

Tennesee Hollow Watershed

Our MSEM Restoration Ecology class hiked from Inspiration Point in the Presidio of San Francisco to Crissy Lagoon and Marsh today.  We checked out all the amazing ecological restoration projects that the Presidio Trust has been working on this year.  Check out the photos from our trip.