I grew up in Chicago and received my B.Sc. in Biology at Elmhurst College. After moving West and developing a deep love of desert ecosystems, I became a member of the USGS Henderson, NV field office and spent 8 years working on research related to desert tortoise ecology and conservation. During this time, I received a Ph.D. in Ecology at Penn State through a collaborative project with the USGS aimed at understanding the epidemiology of respiratory disease in tortoises and the potential impacts of mitigation-driven translocations on disease dynamics.
I’m broadly interested in how inherent patterns in wildlife movement and behavior interact with external disturbance to shape population connectivity and persistence. I joined Clint’s lab in 2018 to apply my past experience and interests to the desert bighorn sheep system – by working with state and federal agencies, we hope to learn more about the effect of man-made barriers on sheep behavior and movement, and determine whether pro-active management actions can be used to improve meta-population connectivity. When not chasing desert wildlife, you’ll find me bouldering, mushroom hunting, and taking long treks into wilderness whenever possible.
Christina was featured in the National Parks Service’s “Dare to Imagine” series highlighting “trailblazing women continuing to shape park service conservation”. Read her interview here.