At the moment, I am a PhD candidate at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana. However, I was born in the "bay area" of California where I spent most of my adolescent years. I received a Bachelors of Science in Conservation/Organismal Biology with an emphasis in entomology (yes, I love insects) from San Jose State University (advisers: Dr. Jeffrey Honda and Dr. Susan Lambrecht). As an undergrad I was fortunate to have many opportunities to work in a range of systems, from working with the USDA in the Sierra Nevada mountains to locate Spotted Owl and Goshawk nests (our crew found a record breaking number that year!), to working as a technician in Ashland Oregon catching butterflies for a country-wide translocation experiment, to doing a senior thesis on the effects of moisture and heat (fire) on two rare species of Ceanothus (plants) in Monterrey California.
In general I am enamored by the natural world. I love backpacking, photography, gardening, painting, poetry and greatly enjoy nights with tasty food paired with good company and a nice craft beer. I am passionate about, and genuinely interested in, efforts that attempt to make the world more sustainable and improve social and environmental well-being.