I was raised on a small hobby farm in rural Michigan. It was at this place where my roots
developed, where my appreciation for nature grew, and where my sense of place arose. The landscape
was a quilted patchwork of small farms and woods; it was a slow paced life. After high school, I
moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to pursue my BS at
Colorado State University (CSU).
I then obtained my MS in Restoration Ecology at CSU, after which I
worked as a restoration ecologist for a consulting firm. Since then, I
worked as a research associate at the Natural
Resource Ecology Laboratory at CSU. During this time, I decided to go back to school to further my education. I received my Ph.D. in Informatics and Citizen Science from CSU in May 2010 and am excited to continue to pursue these challenges and build innovative
cyberinfrastructure support systems for land managers, scientists, and citizen scientists alike!