I am a masters student in GDPE and will be working with Dennis Ojima. Growing up on a cotton farm in West Texas, I have always had an interest in the effects that agriculture has on ecosystems. After earning a bachelors degree in International Studies and Economics from Austin College, I spent time working in the US House of Representatives and in project finance at Vinson & Elkins, LLP. Two years ago, I pursued my passion for conservation and joined the Secretariat of the Terrestrial Carbon Group at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. My focus was on the finance and political systems that will be necessary to effectively address land in climate change policies. While at GDPE, I will be studying climate change mitigation through land use and land use change.