I am a new masters student working in Mark Paschke's lab. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of WI – Stevens Point. Following college, I moved to Nevada where I worked as a restoration technician for Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and as the Southern Nevada Restoration Manager for The Nature Conservancy. My project focuses on determining land management techniques in burned slash piles. I am working with the Forest Service and Boulder County with the intention that my results will help establish a management protocol for slash piles created after thinning forest stands. I hope that my research will help land managers make informed restoration decisions in the near future.