I've been an intern at USAID for past two years while I complete my M.S. in Biodiversity, Wildlife, and Ecosystem Health at the University of Edinburgh. I've spent time working on activities related to One Health, Illegal Wildlife Trade, and most recently Insect Production!
Before starting my Master's program, I spent several years in Central Asia as a volunteer and then researcher. I helped on projects related to wildlife conservation, livestock management, community-based conservation, and women's empowerment. While small in scale, these experiences sparked my interests in international development, especially through improving natural resource management.
For leisure, I enjoy spending time outside with my husband, family, and friends. I was born and raised in Montana, where I learned horse riding, skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, and climbing. I am also an avid baker and chef, and have most recently been honing my skills in artisan bread making.