Conservation is the cornerstone to my ambition and career goals. Protection of natural resources through planned management has guided me through the investigation of many environmental problems. I have conducted natural resource management for the National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, several military installations, and most recently on private reserve land in the Central American country, Belize. Originally from the Annapolis, Maryland area, I grew up close to the water on the Severn River of the Chesapeake Bay. The roots of my love of the environment are deeply set in my early years canoeing, crabbing, and gardening. I moved to southwest Virginia for college in 1995. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech in 2000. After graduating, I worked in Georgia and South Carolina for a little over a year and was very happy to return to Blacksburg, Virginia to begin working for the Conservation Management Institute. Since returning to Blacksburg, I have begun working part-time on my Master’s degree in Forestry with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems. I enjoy all types of outdoor activities, from backpacking to caving, and I have recently been training for a triathlon. I look forward to meeting everyone and sharing some of my experiences with you.