I am an Assistant Professor with the Haub School in the University of Wyoming. I am concerned with questions about how communities and the ecosystems we depend upon can survive and thrive in a changing climate. I see myself as a community partner and work with communities to understand how they can adapt to climate change.
My husband and I are attracted to cold places, and have most recently lived in Fairbanks (AK), Silverton (CO), Gunnison (CO) and now Laramie, Wyoming. I graduated from University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a PhD in Human Ecology. I came to Alaska to participate in the Resilience and Adaptation IGERT program and to work with excellent and motivated faculty members and students in a place that is on the forefront of climate change. My husband and I enjoyed the adventure of living in the Great North in a cozy dry cabin. We enjoyed the northern lights, ski and backpacking trips and the wilderness that surrounded us.
Before that, I received my MS from Colorado State University in the Rangeland and Forest Stewardship Department. The research I conducted in this position focused on the role of local knowledge for understanding change over time and informing land management decision making. Prior to pursuing my MS I worked for a number of conservation advocacy and food security organizations.
We're happy to be home in the Intermountain West! I am a 5th generation Coloradoan and for the last ten years I have worked primarily with ranching and recreation-based communities in the West. I understand the complex stressors and challenges of this region and am interested in helping its communities adapt and thrive in a changing climate.