The natural world has fascinated me my entire life, and I am committed to solving issues which involve conservation/restoration, sustainability, public health and social justice. I became a fellow in spring 2006, with The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) as my sponsoring organization. My bachelors of Environmental Science was awarded in 2009 from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. I worked with TTOR at Long Point Wildlife Refuge for 10 summers between 2003 and 2013, as a conservation ranger and educator, and most recently as their up-island superintendent. During the off-season between 2009 and 2013, I worked and volunteered for the National Park Service at HawaiiVolcanoesNational Park. My time there was primarily spent working within their resources management division, focusing on several endangered species, such as the Nene (Hawaiian Goose), Hawksbill sea turtles, and native vegetation restoration.
Through the Vision Fellowship I had a myriad of amazing experiences both at home and abroad. During my sophomore year at Endicott I traveled to Mexico through the Mexican Community Service and Culture Project. I lived with a Mexican family in Puebla, and helped to remodel the facilities at a local school. In the fall of my junior year I studied abroad with the Sea Education Association of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. I spent six weeks aboard the tall ship Corwith Cramer, learning to handle sail, head a watch and conduct scientific research while en route. For the fall semester of my senior year I completed an internship in Veracruz, Mexico studying the effects of land use change on important water headlands, specifically montane cloud forests. My senior thesis the following spring was based on my research with that internship: measuring the stomatal conductance of Pinus patula, a pine tree used heavily by the Mexican government for reforestation. Also during my senior year I used the opportunity grant to travel to southern Botswana and volunteer on a wildlife preserve. There I assisted with wildlife monitoring, habitat restoration and public outreach/education. It is difficult to describe how these experiences shaped my education and my perception of the world around me. All were extremely humbling, and I consider myself truly lucky to have had these wonderful opportunities.
As of fall 2014, I am enrolled in a Masters program at the Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science, part of the University of Miami. The main focus of my study will be in the Marine Affairs and Policy program, specifically, coastal zone management and marine conservation. I am hoping to work within the field of fisheries management, ecosystem health, and the drafting of policy surrounding these issues.