About Me

Currently, I am an NSF Graduate Fellow and PhD candidate at University of Tennessee Knoxville, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I am pursing a career path that straddles conservation science and practice in which I can provide support for conservation planning and decision-making. My research has focused on conservation planning decisions  across marine and terrestrial ecosystems.  In the fall of 2012, I traveled to Australia for 3 months on an Early Career Researcher Fellowship from the Australian Research Council’s Center of Excellence for Environmental Decision Making. Previously, I held a year-long internship at the National Conservation Training Center in the Science and Policy Training Branch and spent a summer teaching San Francisco bay area school children about ecology on a non-profit educational sail boat. I received my BS in Biology and Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, where I completed an honors thesis incorporating meta-population dynamics into habitat equivalency modeling, using a theoretical case study.

When not focusing on my studies, you can find me planning my next trip, trying to motivate to go on a run, or making ceramic vessels and filling them with pretty plants…