Academic Focus Area: Natural Resources and the Environment
Hometown: Tawas City, Michigan
Advisor: Jon Bartholic
After completing my Bachelors in Biochemistry from Saginaw Valley State University I took a year off to travel and complete an internship involving community development projects in Nicaragua. I've always had a strong interest in both community engagement, as well as protecting our natural resources and environment; which is what has led me to the CSUS department! Prior to graduate school I worked with the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute on projects related to improving the health of watersheds, and ultimately our Great Lakes. This position offered me the opportunity to work with a diverse and fun team of individuals at the Institute of Water Research, where I currently study the harmful effects of algae blooms in Lake Erie and how to better engage with farmers on the issue. I love this department because although we are very diverse individuals we all share the same passion for helping others and making our world a better place. It is an uplifting and inspiring environment to be a part of and I am excited to continue my education here at MSU.