Theresa is the director for the USA National Phenology Network and has been a part of the organization since 2007. Hailing from Ohio and Michigan, she received a B.S. and an M.A at Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. In her role with the Network, Theresa supports a team that works to expand the use of phenology data and resources, which are curated by the USA-NPN. She also works to increase involvement in Nature’s Notebook, building a broader appreciation of phenology among scientists and non-scientists alike.
Theresa also maintains an active research career and has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in journals, including Geophysical Research Letters, Global Change Biology, PLoS ONE, and Journal of Ecology. Her writing has also appeared in Scientific American and the Arizona Daily Star. In addition, she has appeared in the PBS productions SciGirls and American Spring Live, as well as on The Weather Channel and NPR. She currently serves on the editorial board for Ecosphere. In 2018, Theresa received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Geography as well as the Globally-Engaged Pillar Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University.