As an environmental studies major at Lewis & Clark, I have gained a perspective-expanding approach to education by taking a wide variety of classes from geology to philosophy to economics that have shaped the way that I now approach problem solving. I’ve completed projects related to pesticide usage in marine environments, the interconnectedness of science education and values, utilizing cellulosic biofuels in Japan, examining the role of essentialism in culturally sensitive teaching in New Zealand, intergenerational perceptions of the role of “wilderness”, and reconciling place-based education with common core standards. I’m currently writing my thesis on the role of virtual third places in creating trust relationships in communities as a way to prepare for disasters, using the app Nextdoor as a case study.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling and experiencing new ideas and cultures that expand the boundaries of my comfort zone. I love hiking and being outdoors, and photographing everything I can along the way. Listening to live music inspires me, and I’ve been trying to teach myself how to play the guitar and ukulele. Always looking for new adventures!