Originally from Illinois, I ventured from the flatlands to the University of Vermont to acquire a degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. After some years of exploring the West and working outdoors, I found myself enrolled at CSU in Watershed Science. My Masterâ??s degree entails quantifying wind and blowing snow trends for two alpine sites in the Front Range. I am currently a doctoral student with Steven Leisz from the Anthropology Department. My PhD research is to identify biogeographical relationships, distributions and patterns on the island of Papua New Guinea using Remote Sensing and GIS techniques. In conjunction with biota mapping, I will assess how the use of coastal and land resources will change under the context of climate change.