I grew up in Central Oregon enjoying the freedom and space provided to me while living in the Mt. Hood National Forest. This unique childhood, coupled with my interest in nature, led me to a career as a wildlife veterinarian. I have spent time researching a diversity of wildlife species such as bighorn sheep and African buffalo, while living and working in unique places across the globe. My research seeks to understand ways in which having preserved wild areas benefits humans and the earth and how conservation strategies can be used to limit disease transmission.