Background: I received my B.S. in Environmental Science from Iowa State University in 2018. As an undergraduate, I took a wide variety of courses and completed minors in both Sustainability and Industrial Technology. I was fortunate enough to study abroad in St. John, USVI with the EARTH program (Education And Resiliency Through Horticulture). I fell in love with their culture, food, the island, and its people. During the program, I was able to expand my knowledge of food systems and agricultural practices. Growing up in Iowa, agriculture has always been something that is familiar, but also a field which I would love to explore more in depth.
Research Interests: As I pursue my M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture, I will be involved in a project using the USDA Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF). This GIS platform will allow the identification of areas in agriculturally dominated watersheds that are most vulnerable to nutrient transport and determine best management practices that could reduce their impact.
Personal Interests: I love being outdoors. I am an avid runner; I have completed two half marathons and countless other road races. I also enjoy biking, practicing yoga, kayaking, hiking, or just reading in my hammock. I am very passionate about traveling and exploring new places. Additionally, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and photography are some of my favorite pastimes.