University of Colorado Denver
Master of Science in Environmental Science
Department of Geography and Environmental Science
I recently completed my Master of Science in Environmental Science at the University of Colorado Denver. My background consists of a unique combination of botany and geospatial analysis; I am primarily interested in geographic distributions of plants and the ecological processes that drive those patterns. For my Master's thesis, I conducted a taxonomic review of Physocarpus (Rosaceae) of the Front Range of Colorado, specifically Physocarpus monogynus, P. intermedius, and P. opulifolius, and investigated the historical biogeography of this group through climatic niche modeling with Maxent. The taxonomic work will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.
I have worked as an applied vegetation ecologist with emphasis on field surveys, botany, and geospatial analysis for the past five years. I'm currently in my second year working for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the Resource Stewardship program, where I conduct vegetation surveys in state parks, including vegetation community classification and weed mapping. I also curate the State Parks NatureFinder project through iNaturalist. Previously, I worked two seasons with the Denver Botanic Gardens Research and Conservation Department. In 2018, I conducted a floristic inventory of the 66-mile Highline Canal Trail through the Greater Denver Area, and in 2019, I collected seeds from common native species for the Bureau of Land Management Seeds of Success restoration program. In 2017, I worked on the vegetation team with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in Boulder, conducting ecological monitoring across three major ecosystems: shortgrass prairie, montane forest, and alpine tundra.
As a student at UCD, I was as Graduate Teaching Assistant and Lab Instructor for two courses: Flora of Colorado and Introduction to Environmental Sciences. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Richmond in 2011.
I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and exploring Colorado
with my husband, Ryan, and our poodle puppy, Stella.
Vegetation Community Mapping
Noxious Weed Management
GIS & GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS
Georeferencing & Georectification
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