With a dream of working in land and natural resource management and the support of the Fellowship, I obtained a bachelor’s degree of science in Environmental Conservation Studies from the University of New Hampshire. I thoroughly enjoyed a range of courses that opened my eyes to the boundless ecosystem and human interactions requiring careful planning for future resilience. Among other courses, my studies included Field Dendrology, Conservation Biology, and Resolving Environmental Conflicts. I walked the forests of Durham and the White Mountains learning field dendrology. I stood waist deep in bogs and streams learning the principles of conservation biology. I attended town halls and public forums learning the importance of public participation. I enjoyed every single minute of it and could not be more satisfied with my experience.
Beyond the classroom, I have spent a great deal of time working outdoors in the conservation field. Currently I am working with The Trustees of Reservations to preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. In my position of Acting Assistant Superintendent, I am tasked with the day to day management of Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Wasque Reservation, and Mytoi Garden. The management unit sees over 150,000 visitors each year and consists of nearly 1000 acres and 15 seasonal staff. I make decisions to best balance public use and enjoyment with needs of our fragile resources. Every day presents a new set of challenges to overcome and gain experience from. I look forward to applying my knowledge and connections acquired through the Fellowship as I continue my career as a natural resource manager.