I fell in love with the outdoors as a kid, spending time at our family cabin in northern Pennsylvania and going to summer camp in eastern Pennsylvania not far from home. College took me to central New York and to some field classes in the Adirondacks, but the real adventure began during my first SCA internship during the summer of 2011 to southeast Alaska. It was in Alaska that I worked with the Forest Service doing vegetation surveys for a forestry study all over the Tongass National Forest, our country’s largest. Not only was I in utter awe of the beauty surrounding me, but I had also been bitten by the travel bug, and I’ve pretty much wanted to roam all over the place ever since. I ended up going back for a second summer because I loved it so much, this time getting to visit remote sites by ﬂoat plane, which was a very cool experience. I’ve seen some pretty amazing places since my first SCA gig, including a brief trip to the desert in southern Utah, a brand new kind of beauty and ecosystem to me. I’m really excited to be spending a significant amount of time in the desert, doing hard work for the environment. It’s a welcome shift from the temperate rainforest and humid eastern climate. In addition to traveling, I can be found backpacking, hiking, camping, running, knitting, and reading. I also dabble in climbing, wood carving, and other crafts and diy projects.