I am a PhD student working with Tom Hobbs on the population estimation of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park. Specifically my research involves aiding transition from annual aerial surveys to ground count methods. I have a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in photography from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (2003) and worked as a freelance photographer for nearly a decade in New York City. Towards the end of my time in New York, I discovered a passion for quantitative methods while taking courses at Hunter College, City University of New York. I earned an MS, Statistics from Colorado State University in 2013 and am pursuing a PhD to explore applied methods in environmental statistics.