I am a third-year PhD student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. I hold two degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, including a Bachelor of Science in biology, Spanish, and environmental studies (2015) and a Master of Science in environmental science (2017).
I am a member of the SEFS Quantitative Ecology Lab, run by Dr. Beth Gardner. My dissertation is focused on characterizing and quantifying the impacts of air pollution on wild birds. Current projects include...
-- using citizen science to model the impacts of smoke on detection of birds
-- monitoring birds before, during, and after wildfires and prescribed burns to understand the impacts of smoke inhalation on bird activity.
My work is driven by my interests in environmental science and sustainability, my love for birds, and my strong belief in the Wisconsin Idea. Public engagement is a key part of my academic and professional activities. I have previously worked as a naturalist at Seattle Audubon Nature Camp, an educator at the Madison Audubon Society, Outreach Assistant for the UW–Madison Energy Analysis & Policy program, Communications Coordinator for the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, and Student Programs Coordinator at the UW–Madison Office of Sustainability.
I value ESWN because this organization helps provide women in the Earth Sciences the tools, resources, and support they need to be successful academically and professionally. I have personally benefited from the connections I've made through this organization and the support I have received from conversations with fellow members regarding graduate school, the role of science in politics, even what to wear for presentations and conferences!
We are raising money for ESWN, Girls Who Code, and the Society of Women Engineers through Science-A-Thon in order to continue the organization's mission of supporting women and increasing diversity in the earth sciences. Not only is Science-A-Thon a fundraiser, it's also a unique, global public engagment project that we hope will increase the visibility of scientists and the important work we do. Follow me on Twitter, and I'll bring you along on the #DayInALife of a scientist this October!