What is your previous work experience?
During and after undergrad I worked in environmental education in the Northeast and the West Coast. I then spent 3 years supporting statewide energy efficiency programs in Maine at Efficiency Maine, where I focused on expanding access to air-source ductless heat pumps. Finally, I spent the last year as an AmeriCorps fellow with the Maine Development Foundation assisting Maine's downtown communities as they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I chose the Nicholas School because I wanted to refocus my career on natural resource management. I think that the breadth and depth of offerings, and the focus on professional skills and competencies, will help me make that shift. I've also felt really welcomed by the students and faculty that I've met and I can't wait to be a part of the Duke and Durham community.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I'm really excited to be back in school and part of a community that learns with and from each other. I'm also looking forward to being surrounded by people with a positive vision for a more resilient and sustainable future.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I have many areas of interest, but I'm going to be focusing on Forestry and Coastal Environmental Management at the Nicholas School. I'm especially interested in how we can manage coastal zones more holistically through integrated coastal zone management. In addition, I want to keep building on my existing geospatial analysis skills.
What plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
After I graduate, I want to work on the sustainable management of coastal areas, both in the water and on land. I'm not quite sure whether this will be through a government agency, local land trust, or other non-profit.