I grew up just north of New York’s scenic Adirondack Mountains and spent a lot of time interacting with nature as a kid. I always loved being outside and being active, but it wasn’t until college that I began to examine my relationship with the outdoors on a deeper level. I studied both environmental science and psychology at Colby, and while I very much enjoyed my time out in the field identifying coral samples or under the microscope looking at aquatic invertebrates, I have always been most fascinated by how people interact with the environments; what we gain from nature, why we love nature, and how and if we choose to protect it.
My research comes with a moral obligation- if spending time outside truly benefits us as much as research suggests, then nature should be considered as a human right. I believe in the power of getting people outside, but this moral obligation is twofold- we must also protect the environments that we enjoy and that sustain us, and the public lands that allow us to recreate and exercise. I am proud to have worked for the Keystone Science School, an educational nonprofit that teaches environmental science to children an educators, in between undergraduate and graduate school; as well as the Green Mountain Club, where I spent time as a summit steward on the Long Trail.
Lastly, I enjoy being outside quite a bit. I owe a lot of my greatest adventures to the Colby Outing Club. Living in Utah gives me the opportunity to enjoy world class hiking, skiing and rock climbing. You can follow some of my amateur escapades on mountain project. When I’m not being dragged up rock faces by my friends, I also enjoy cooking vegetarian meals, listening to podcasts, and reading. I have a younger sister, Amy, who is a rising senior at Colby College. My dad Joe is a journalist and my mother is an elementary school counselor- they both live in Plattsburgh, New York.