Born and raised in Montana, I grew up surrounded by the roaring rivers, snow-capped mountain peaks, and flowering valleys of the Big Sky State. Childhood summers were spent outside playing, hiking, and camping, while snow forts and ski slopes characterized the long winter months. The outdoors have always held a special place in my heart. As I have grown older, an innate love and appreciation for nature—what E. O. Wilson termed biophilia—has evolved alongside my growing consciousness of the reciprocal relationship between humans and nature. That consciousness continues to blossom as, not forgetting where I came from, life moves forward.
My experience working with the outdoors started in high school and expanded into my undergraduate degree at Oregon State University (HBS 2011), which combined natural resource sciences from the College of Forestry with supplemental study in philosophy and sociology at the University Honors College. My first two years of study were supplemented by intercollegiate athletics when I played on the OSU women’s basketball team.
In 2011, I began studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (Bren). I graduated Bren in June 2013 with my Master’s in Environmental Science and Management while dual-specializing in Conservation Planning and Water Resources Management. Now back in Oregon, I am continually working to expand my understanding of how the world works and how we as humans can have a more positive and reciprocal relationship within nature. In addition to graduate work, I finished my NCAA eligibility in March 2013 playing on the UCSB women’s basketball team and enjoyed the opportunity to challenge myself in new ways.
I see this site as a way to bring my interests, ideas, and experiences together in one location for both my own benefit and to make it available for others. Please feel free to contact me with anything from a thought or question to an interesting article or work with which you have interest in collaborating.
And, when in doubt, don’t forget to make tea!