After graduating from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2007 with a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Environment and Natural Resources I pursued a career in ecological restoration. My jobs took me from the prairies and lakes of the Midwest to the coast of California. I started my park service stint at Golden Gate National Recreation Area where I helped to restore endangered Mission Blue Butterfly, red-legged frog, and Coho salmon habitats in the San Francisco Bay Area with the help of many resilient volunteers. I then headed for the mountains and spent two years at Yosemite National Park working in the branch of Vegetation and Ecological Restoration where, among other tasks, I treated invasive plants, surveyed burned areas, and collected seeds (see picture) for propagation in the best “office” ever!
As a masters student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison I will be studying the effectiveness of re-vegetation techniques used in stream restoration sites located in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Specifically, I will be looking at how well these techniques increase plant diversity in alpine meadows. I’m excited to be studying my passion at the same renowned institution that helped mold the minds of conservation greats Aldo Leopold and John Muir. The words these men wrote helped me become the person I am today and I’m grateful to be able to follow in their footsteps!