I am a masterÃ¢??s student working under Dr. Cameron Aldridge (CSU/USGS) and Dr. Sara Oyler-McCance (USGS). Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, I studied biology and botany at Boise State University in Idaho earning a bachelorÃ¢??s degree. After graduation, I took a detour into the world of horticulture and crop development before finding my true career calling upon working a field job for an ecologist at the Bureau of Land Management in Boise, ID. I have since landed in Colorado and chosen to pursue an advanced degree in ecology. My research will involve looking at critical habitat parameters for all life stages of Gunnison sage grouse as well as the connectivity of the groups within the grouse population in the aims of producing tools for use in management.