Interests: I have a background in field ornithology, and my interests include research, conservation, and science communication. I obtained my BS/BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. My undergraduate education included coursework in the general sciences, upper-division ecology, and independent field research. My professional focus is ornithology. I chose this field because birds are excellent indicators of environmental change and because birds are charismatic, which can help get the public interested in studying and conserving the systems that birds are part of. At UCD, I completed my master’s research on grassland birds in 2015, and I am now part of the PhD program. My goal is to become a research wildlife biologist and professor, working to improve our understanding of avian biology and to increase scientific literacy.