I am a Ph.D. candidate in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management (which is just a long, fancy way of saying that I study how humans interact with their environment) at Utah State University in beautiful Logan, Utah. My research focuses on recreation ecology and understanding visitors in parks and protected areas (see the “My Research”tab for more on that).
I became interested in my field of research because, when not locked in my windowless lab working, I love to recreate and be in the outdoors. Backpacking, hiking, and snowboarding are some of my favorite outdoor activities. When I am indoors, I enjoy baking (pretty much anything that contains chocolate), knitting (especially patterns that feature leaves), and reading (science fiction and popular social science books are often on my nightstand).
I live in a cozy house with a very mischievous ragdoll/siamese mix named Macey, a sassy calico named Fern, and my lovely significant other – Dave – who studies charismatic megafauna (as well as not-so-charismatic mini-fauna) in remote arctic locations and is a bit addicted to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.