Spending time outside learning about the variety of habitats and creatures that we share our lands with has always excited me. Growing up in a forestry family in Oregon I developed an interest in the intersection between working lands and conservation biology. At Whitman College in rural Washington I earned my bachelor’s degree in environmental biology with a focus on the impact of forest management on songbirds. I have been fortunate to be involved in a variety of conservation biology projects including a forest fire history study in the Tetons, endangered lake sucker rearing and research in the Klamath Basin, and bull trout reintroduction. Working with the Xerces Society on a project to promote the listing of the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species led me to my current passion, wild bees. I am currently in my second semester of a master’s program in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at San Francisco State University. When not netting wild bees I enjoy trail running, drawing, and baking cakes.