I received my undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Studies with a focus in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College in 2006. Not long after graduation, I made it back to my home state, where I worked doing communications for Trout Unlimited in Frisco and Silverton, Colorado. In 2009, I moved to Fort Collins to begin a master’s degree in Forest Science in the department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University, which I completed in Summer 2011. For my PhD research, I plan to expand on my master’s thesis, which looked at the long-term impacts of a 1980s mountain pine beetle outbreak on forests in Colorado. Generally, I am interested in the impacts of disturbances and forest management on subalpine forest ecosystems.