Livin' the Dream From New Jersey to Florida
Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, I grew up playing in the dirt with the local Girl Scout Troop, which fostered my dreams of working outside. At seven, I already knew I wanted to be a biologist, and that dream never faltered! I received my B.S. in Wildlife with a minor in Environmental Writing from Unity College in Maine, a small liberal arts college dubbed "America's Environmental College." Through Unity's education and hands-on experiences, I knew right away I wanted a career focusing on research, and continued my education with a graduate degree. I received my M.S. in Conservation Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry working on a project integrating thermal constraints into habitat modeling of moose in the Adirondack Mountains. During my time at SUNY ESF, I was stationed at the Adirondack Ecological Center, where I trapped black bears, surveyed salamanders, small mammal trapped, and got to ride ATVs and snow mobiles. After my M.S., I worked at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on a project examining the impacts of community dynamics on the spread of Lyme disease. I also worked at the USGS Northern Mountain Rocky Science Center and modeled the impacts of Sarcoptic mange on the heat balance of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park. I now am working on my Ph.D. at the University of Florida, focusing on the effects of landscape patterns of environmental temperature on the behavior of the Florida manatee. I am also very involved in the Wildlife Graduate Student Association, a great UF organization that provides professional, academic, and social activities for the graduate students of the Dept of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation.