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My work addresses ways to foster human wellbeing without destroying the planet. My educational training is in landscape ecology, particularly as applied to forest and avian ecology, but since moving to Iowa in 2003 I've also jumped into the field of agroecology -- and I'm having a blast with it. This all brings me to study questions like: What do “biofuels done right” look like? How do we integrate conservation into forest and agricultural landscapes in ways that blend with landowners’ other priorities? How do we maximize conservation expenditures to get the biggest ecosystem service gains per dollar? I use a combination of methods -- including investigation of historical documents, expert interviews, field experimentation, modeling, and computer visualization -- to answer these questions. While my research spans from individuals and small research plots to governmental institutions and multiple states, my focus is on informing how we design and use our landscapes. My career goal is to make a difference and have fun while doing it. My personal interests include Pete, Freddy, Raymond, and Inga (woof!) -- particularly when I get them outdoors.