I grew up in Portland, OR, and then moved to Northfield, MN to attend Carleton College where I studied math and environmental studies. During the year following my graduation, I did a number of things including bike halfway across the country, volunteer on organic farms and hike in New Zealand, and work for the Outdoor School program in Portland.
I was attracted to QERM by the opportunity to gain a solid foundation of quantitative skills and use those skills to help answer interesting environmental questions. I already had a background in both math and ecology, and found QERM to be a unique program that allowed me to combine the two subjects. I would be happy to talk with prospective students about the program.
Away from the desk, I enjoy cooking and getting outside and biking, hiking, climbing, paddling, or any other manner of human-powered exploration. I also volunteer with Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors.