At Oregon State University-Bend, I completed a degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish. As part of a study abroad experience I conducted independent field research on ancient agricultural methods in the Bolivian Amazon. After graduating, I worked as a field technician monitoring American Pika, interviewed ranchers in Southeastern Oregon, and volunteered with The Nature Conservancy on a range monitoring project on the Zumwalt Prairie. I spent the last several years working for the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council on rural economic development projects related to community wildfire protection and local food, and I was part of the Ochoco and Deschutes Forest Collaborative Groups. My thesis research will use ethnographic research to better understand how conservation programs fit into the lives of ranchers.
- Working landscapes
- Private lands conservation
- Rural Sociology
- Human-centered design
- Understanding factors that influence private landowner participation in conservation programs.
I love to hike, backpack, mountain bike, ski, and ride horses. I also enjoy collecting rocks, looking for antiques, and taking photos of landscapes, people, and animals.