I received my M.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University and B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies. While in Santa Cruz, I participated in two programs that cemented my commitment to the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources: Sierra Institute and Natural History Field Quarter.
After my undergraduate degree I went on a
25,000-mile road trip (the circumference of the earth!) around the United
States and Canada (California to Florida to Quebec to Washington to Alaska and
back) before heading east to North Carolina in 2006.
I have a broad background and have worked in geology, immigration law, education, movie theaters, restaurants, and endangered species research. I love to be outside anywhere, but feel most at home in the broad expanses of a desert landscape. I love crafting, photography, yoga, and conservation!