About Me

The best way to find an answer to a problem is to first understand the issue you face. I want to transform problems in conservation ecology into real-world solutions that inform wildlife management plans, save species from extinction, and help people understand how their actions affect the environment. I am an aspiring conservation biologist who bridges gaps between conservation, research, and education.  

I am currently a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Masters student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University under the advisement of Dr. Sara Bombaci. So far in my career, I have wrestled pythons (Python bivittatus) in the Everglades, guided management decisions for the vulnerable gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), and met a bull elephant (Loxodonta africana) face-to-face. These critical experiences on my journey to becoming a conservation ecologist have instilled in me a passion for research and public education. 

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Why is science education important?

Biologists frequently argue about the most important aspect of conservation - do we conserve land, protect species, or limit carbon emissions? I argue that conservation relies on public education; if people do not realize the natural world is endangered in the first place, there will be no efforts to save it. I hope to not only answer questions in conservation ecology, but also promote conservation education across the world. To do so, I will propose sustainable changes, inspire environmental stewardship, and foster science education in hard-to-reach communities. My goal is to become a Curator of Research at a zoo, non-profit, or museum who promotes science contributing to species conservation and can be shared with the public in real-time.

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When we realize the world is a single, interconnected unit, we realize science possesses the capacity to change the world. When conservation biologists work with local communities, combined efforts will become an efficient outlet through which meaningful discoveries can be made. Therefore, I will use an interdisciplinary, community-driven approach for my research and teaching endeavors throughout my career, and will inspire the science professional and non-professional alike to join the fight for conservation.