Areas of Expertise: Conservation planning; Mojave and Sonoran desert ecology; Renewable energy
Stephanie works on issues related to California desert conservation and large-scale renewable energy development in the California desert region. Specifically, she focuses her time on three main areas: the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), wind energy development in the Tehachapi and Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains and conservation planning for the Ivanpah Valley on the California – Nevada border. She actively participates in the DRECP by providing professional and technical expertise in support of Defenders’ role as a stakeholder organization, attending meetings and field trips and assisting in developing Defenders’ recommendations for species and habitat conservation in the plan area. Stephanie works on wind energy planning and development issues affecting the Southern Sierra Nevada and Tehachapi Mountain ranges. In the Ivanpah Valley, Stephanie is working with other organizations and agencies in developing a regional ecosystem analysis for the purpose of determining to what extent renewable energy development can occur while maintaining an ecosystem that supports healthy biological resources and promotes the recovery of at-risk species such as the threatened Desert tortoise.
Before starting with Defenders in November of 2011, Stephanie worked as a research assistant on a project related to the cumulative impacts of large-scale solar development in California with the Biogeography Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to this work, Stephanie worked in Latin America on species conservation projects, managing a volunteer sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica, an Andean condor field project in Argentina and developing an environmental education campaign for endemic parrot and parakeet species on Margarita Island in Venezuela. She has also worked as an outdoor environmental educator in many of California’s wild places, including Joshua Tree where she currently resides.
Stephanie has a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for Princeton University and a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.