I am trans and I am a forest geneticist running a climate change program.//
I spent the first part of my career as a research geneticist supporting (and sometimes running) tree breeding programs in the US, Brasil and New Zealand. I moved to Washington DC in 2007 to be the national program leader for genetics for the US Forest Service Research & Development. In 2009 I “temporarily” stepped into the role of NPL for climate change until 2014. In 2014 I became the National Lead for the newly-established USDA Climate Hubs for a 3-year rotation. After the Hubs I took a position with USDA NIFA as the division director for the Global Climate Change division.