I received a BSc in Environmental Science from Western Washington University in 2005. Thanks to an early mentor, I discovered Glacier National Park in 2003 while volunteering on a large grizzly bear DNA study. This experience planted a seed for myself as a young, aspiring biologist. Since 2005, my experience as a carnivore-focused field biologist has spanned federal, state, and tribal agencies in Montana, Washington, Idaho and Minnesota.
In the years preceding graduate school, I honed my knowledge and experience in bear ecology while working for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks from 2008-2009 and Glacier National Park from 2010-2018. My graduate research combines my passion for bear ecology and love for the high country, and was made possible with the support and collaboration from the community of bear professionals I've gotten to know over the years.