What is your previous work experience?
In the two years since I graduated from UNC, I've been working for a contract research company that examines the effects of pesticides on honeybees. I ran full field and semi field studies with replicates across the EPA's climate zones. The data collected by our studies was sent to the EPA to help inform their management decisions regarding pesticide certification. 

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I was attracted to the Nicholas School by the ability to have a broad master's degree versus a very specific thesis based degree. The network created through alumni and partner organizations, along with the flexibility to take classes relevant to my career aspirations, made it the best choice. 

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
While here, I plan to attain a GIS certificate and focus on other technical skills. I'd also like to explore the theory behind forestry.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I'm excited about meeting my peers, the faculty, and alumni. The connections and collaboration opportunities are extensive, and that possibility is enticing. 

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
After graduation, I'd like to work with an organization dedicated to sustainable natural resource management. I plan to use my time here to determine if that will occur with a federal agency or with an NGO. 

Personal thanks:
I'm very grateful to the Nicholas Scholarship Fund, Field Scholarship Fund, and Hixon Scholarship Fund for allowing me to be here!

Career interests

Ecosystem services, landscape ecology, conservation, modeling