Growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I spent all of my time outdoors, either rowing on or running around the Charles River. My love for the outdoors led me to study environmental studies at Duke University and University of Colorado at Boulder. While completing my BA, I researched spruce beetle outbreak and forest ecology in Colorado, interned at the Nature Conservancy, and photographed the Rocky Mountain Bioblitz for National Geographic. Now, I am a Master of Forest Science candidate and a member of the Ashton lab at Yale University. My goal is to become a professor, studying forest and disturbance ecology, while encouraging more women to pursue STEM fields.