Throughout my career I have taught environmental education to a wide range of ages in both a formal and informal setting. I received Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Studies, Anthropology, and Biology in 2012 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), and a Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences with a specialty in Wildlife Ecology from UNL in 2015. During graduate school I received a three-year NSF Graduate Research Foundation Program grant for my thesis research, which investigated the impact of wind energy on Greater Prairie-Chicken demographics in the Sandhills. Throughout graduate school I became interested in teaching others about the natural world, so I began mentoring high school and college students who were conducting original scientific research through the Upward Bound program at UNL. I also had the opportunity to start an after-school nature club at a local elementary school with our Graduate Student Association.
After graduate school I moved to New York City where I worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Queens Zoo and later the Central Park Zoo as a Conservation Educator. During my time with WCS I developed and facilitated programming for children, teens, adults, families, and school groups. In 2018 I became the project leader for Project TRUE (Teens Researching Urban Ecology), an NSF grant funded project that is both a social science research study and a youth development program. Throughout my time in NYC I learned a great deal about the world of environmental and conservation education, and also about volunteering. I had the opportunity to volunteer for the Wild Bird Fund, the NYC Audubon Society, and the American Museum of Natural History. My career and volunteer experiences as a wildlife rehabber and educator in NYC gave me the foundation for my current job in Omaha, NE.