After graduating in 2001 with a B.S. in Biological Aspects of Conservation with an emphasis in Botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I began my career in the federal government working at Rocky Mountain National Park as a Biologist. After nearly 10 years working for the National Park Service on a variety of projects from native plant restoration to large ungulate culling, I will be attending CSU working towards a Master's degree under Dr. Jason Sibold. My project will establish current baseline information and trends for various resources in Rocky Mountain National Park. This information can be used to determine the future health of resources and make better management decisions about how to protect them.