Expert on conservation biology, threats to biodiversity by land use and especially housing development, wildland fire
- conservation biology
- wildland fire
- housing growth
- Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow
- UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Pound Research Award (2007) and Vilas Associate Award (2008)
- Research featured in New York Times, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, MSNBC, etc.