Originally hailing from the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont, I graduated with a BA in Biology from St. Olaf College (Minnesota) in Spring 2009 and kept moving westward for my MS from CSU. As an undergrad, I was lucky enough to conduct research in some amazing places: UC Berkeley Angelo Coastal Reserve in Mendocino County, CA; Tarangire National Park in Tanzania; urban Baltimore, Maryland; and The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. I am co-advised by Drs. Rich Conant and Matt Wallenstein in the NREL on their Kinetics project. Specifically, my research will focus on the microbial aspects of soil organic matter decomposition. In my spare time I like to make music, hike, cook, bike around town, find new cafes, and hang out with tons of cool people/animals. I also play for a DI rugby team in Denver (go Raptors!).