I earned a B.S. in Ecology,
Evolution, & Behavior from the University
of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 1994. My favorite part of college
was involvement in Biology Colloquium,
a unique student-run class for undergraduates interested in studying biology.
The course facilitated academic as well as social opportunities, which
included quarterly trips to Lake
Itasca field station.
skiing/snowshoeing at Lake Itasca, the Headwaters of the Mississippi River
Saturday night fun at Itasca...our "Organismal Ball"!
While in college, I conducted
three seasons of behavioral research on a captive group of Laysan ducks
(Anas laysanensis) at Cedar Creek Natural History Area in Bethel,
MN. The Laysan duck is an endangered species endemic to Laysan Island
in the Hawaiian Leeward Chain. The population is being managed by
the U.S. Fish
& Wildlife Service.
female Laysan duck in captivity, with purple nasal tags for identification
Other research experience
included a summer field course, studying bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops
truncatus) through the School
for Field Studies in Beaufort, NC; an internship with the City of St.
Paul, doing a natural resource inventory of a local park; and a summer
research program, studying mating strategies in monarch butterflies (Danaus
I also earned a minor
in Russian Language & Literature and traveled to Russia with a group
called Volunteers for Peace, where we
worked at a national park in the Ural Mountains.
climbing out of a "vertical cave"
building an inflatable katamaran to go rafting
St. Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow