I am a professor in the Biology Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. On campus I share my passion for plants with those looking to engage with and understand the amazing world that grows around us.

As a scientific author, my publications attempt to foster a sense of appreciation for California’s unique flora.  A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us and California Plants: A Guide to our Iconic Flora, are two such examples. As a college professor, I help young people cultivate their curiosity and learn more about the organisms in our world. I believe in paying close attention; to looking for the beauty in the details—life is rich when we take time to closely observe the organisms and processes around us. My natural history books have been attempts to reveal these natural wonders to my readers.

I’ve published academic writings focused on Eucalyptus trees, horticulture, ecology, and plant taxonomy. Stay tuned for more!

In my spare time, I do construction, masonry, and woodworking. I gained an appreciation for wood and trees while growing up in Northern California next to a wooden boat builder. I was an apprentice for a master furniture maker in Santa Barbara.

Thank you for your time, and if you would like to get in touch, send me a message.

With warm regards,

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