I grew up in Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union. However, growing up in a small place inspired big dreams. I went to Skidmore College in Upstate New York and spent a lot of time playing around in the Adirondacks. It was here that I began to foster my love of my mountains, and a hunger for taller ones to climb. I spent my junior year of college studying abroad. First, in Costa Rica and Nicaragua studying tropical ecology, hanging out in the rainforest and befriending spider monkeys. Then, I skipped on over to New Zealand where I mapped lava ﬂows and learned a heck of a lot about earthquakes. I graduated in May 2012 with a degree in Geology and Environmental Studies. I enjoy eating/growing veggies, blowing bubbles, looking at rocks, crocheting, competitive games of banana-grams and general backcountry shenanigans. I am excited to spend the coming months in California, learning about the desert, meeting great people, and working for an organization that fosters a conservation ethic I believe in.