I’m originally from Tipton, Iowa and studied mathematics at Grinnell College. After my undergraduate studies, I worked as a research associate in a neuroimaging lab at the University of Iowa, where I sharpened my programming skills and gained valuable insight into the process of conducting scientific research. After three years, I left my job to apply my quantitative skills in a field that better matched my academic and professional interests. I obtained my MS in Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management (QERM) at the University of Washington in 2014, and I am currently a PhD candidate in the Natural Resources Science & Management program at the University of Minnesota. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and consuming massive amounts of music.