I grew up in Black Forest Colorado and developed an interest in ecosystem ecology as a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While there, I became interested in human-dominated novel ecosystems, an interest that grew while working as an English teacher in the agricultural hills of Auvergne, France. While working on a PhD at Duke, I turned this curiosity into a dissertation on some of the most human-dominated landscapes in the world, the mountaintop mines of West Virginia. Currently, I am a post-doctoral associate at UNC Chapel Hill working on remote sensing of water quality. I am excited to be joining the CSU Watershed Science team in Fall 2018.