Originally from Colorado, I have always felt at home in the West and am continually drawn to exploring the natural world in a variety of ways. I obtained a degree in Environmental Science from Colorado College and spent my free time leading backcountry trips for other college students, building trails, working on ecological restoration projects with local non-profits and personally getting to know the wilderness areas of the Rockies. Prior to starting graduate school I worked in Alaska first in watershed conservation doing fieldwork, education and outreach, scientific monitoring and writing, and later worked in wilderness therapy as a field guide and instructor on 50-day canoeing and mountaineering expeditions with at-risk youth.
Currently I am researching the impacts of spawning Chinook salmon on nutrient dynamics in the Big Creek watershed, Idaho for a MS in Water resources at the University of Idaho. After teaching Accelerated Biology part time last year at Moscow High School as a NSF fellow I discovered a love for teaching and inspiring curiosity and respect for the natural world in others.
I am looking forward to combining my passions of science, education and wilderness travel this fall as we kick off the Semester in the Wild.