"It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us." - Pearl S. Buck

Exploration is a trait that defines me. I have a curiosity to explore new things (i.e. culture, food, experiences, places), and most of the time the more uncomfortable I am the better it is. Backpacking is hard work, but I embrace the challenge and, in the end, always glad to be out in nature and up in the mountains. Learning new things is continuously exciting, and I can’t get enough of rainforests and their complex systems. And I enjoy hearing and telling the narratives of people working towards a more sustainable future, and finding solutions to environmental issues.       

Mottos in life:

  • Live for what you love, and just keep on smiling

  • I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list

  • Laugh as much as you can. The heart is made for this, everything else will fall into place

  • Clear your mind of can't

My Story

I grew up in the Great Northwest of Washington State, and graduated from Franklin University of Switzerland in Lugano with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in International Communications. Through the School for Field Studies program, I spent six months in the tropics of Queensland, Australia researching tropical rainforests and management of rainforest ecosystems. I also spent five weeks in Florence, Italy studying ecogastronomy and the slow food movement. 

More recently, my time has been spent working in the international and travel buying division of Costco Wholesale, volunteering at Woodland Park Zoo and completing a Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Management from Oregon State University. These experiences opened the doors for me to get involved with organizations such as Western Wildlife Outreach and the Tree Kangaroo Conservation program. 

Currently, I am seeking out an MS program and field experience(s) to further my career in Conservation Biology and Natural Resource Management, and continue to contribute to the field of science while working towards positive change.  

An active member of the Pacific Northwest Explorer's Club, the Geological Society of America, the Society for Conservation Biology and the Royal Geographic Society.

Collaborator/ Scientific Researcher for Nestbox Collective - a collaborative space to share stories about the curious ways people connect with their environments. 

Trekking the Sahara Desert, Morocco