I am an environmental scientist and naturalist with a global perspective. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Science and Management Program, studying the intersection between biodiversity conservation, gender equity, and climate change. My dissertation research focuses on ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation, and how the design and implementation of these programs can increase the resilience of social-ecological systems. I will be conducting my field research in Uganda this summer and fall, 2018.
Raised in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, I grew up exploring nature in parks and the Northwoods, raising critters in my bedroom and keeping field notebooks where I recorded sightings of the local wildlife. I earned a BA from St. Olaf College in Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Women’s Studies, before heading to Oxford University for a MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management.
My professional life has taken me from studying meerkats in the Kalahari Desert, to staffing a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. I currently split my time between Minneapolis, MN and Washington, DC, when I am not traveling and researching abroad.