I am a Masters of Environmental Management student at Duke University specializing in Coastal Environmental Management. Over the past two years, I’ve immersed myself in policy, economics, spatial mapping, writing, and coastal science courses in order to pursue my passion for conservation, restoration, and writing. Please visit my Blog to learn more about my graduate school experience, or visit my LinkedIn profile for resume information.
Surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay for most of my childhood, I soon developed a strong appreciation for all things aquatic. That appreciation, coupled with a strong desire to learn about the intricacies and inner-workings of life, led me to St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the Fall of 2004. SMCM is a small liberal arts school that sits along the St. Mary’s River, known for it’s beautiful campus and strong Biology department. Unable to choose between my love for biology and my passion for writing, I decided to pursue both. I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and English.
Over the years, I’ve transitioned between the academic and professional realms. I’ve learned that science doesn’t occur in a box and that not everyone shares my love and respect for nature. Nevertheless, I can’t help but strive to share my passions with others, whether through my work and writing, or by example. To that end, I am pursuing an advanced degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University.
Beliefs and Goals
I believe that we, as humans, are responsible for the consequences of our actions. When we alter the land/sea scape or dispose of waste and pollutants, we impact ecosystems, countless species, and human health. That being said, I’m constantly striving to share my feelings of responsibility and accountability with others. Through attitudes of stewardship, sustainability, and cooperation we can protect our blue planet for future generations.
Using my God-given talents and passions, I will contribute to environmental management, conservation, and habitat restoration along US estuaries and coastlines.