I hail from the small town of Broadalbin, located in Upstate New York. My love of biology and ecology stems from my high school biology class, where I conducted water quality assessments in the local stream with my classmates. I decided to attend Syracuse University, where I graduated in the spring of 2013 with a degree in biology focusing on environmental science and a minor in geography. Much of my college career was spent conducting various field projects, from studying the effects of fire on gopher tortoise populations in Central Florida, to mammal waterhole utilization in South Africa. Being a part of these research projects helped me realize my interests in conservation ecology and management. I am particularly interested in the spatial aspect of conservation ecology and am incredibly excited to hone my GIS skills on the 2013 Community Wildfire Protection Plan Conservation Corps Team!