Denise is a Water Resources Project Manager for Mendocino County RCD with a focus on sustainable water supplies, water quality improvements, invasive species monitoring, and avian surveys. She has a master’s degree in zoology (ornithology) from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of California Los Angeles. Prior to joining the MCRCD, she provided consulting services through Woods Biological Research & Services which specialized in resource conservation planning, technical writing, and project facilitation. She co-authored the North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (NCRP, 2014) and was the editor of the Proceedings of the Vertebrate Pest Conference from 2018-2022. She moved from Alaska to Mendocino County (Hopland) in 2009.