I graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Landscape Architecture and concentration in Land Rehabilitation from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Since that time, I've worked for the Water Quality Control Board in San Luis Obispo, Bureau of Land Management in San Simeon and National Parks Service in Golden Gate National Recreational Area. Originally from Santa Clara, CA I know I'll miss the beaches and coastal species of home but am eager to join Cini Brown's lab and the GDPE research community. I'll be looking at long-term competition between native and invasive species in managed habitats in Rocky Mountain National Park. One specific project will target how changes in water holding capacity, nitrogen cycling, and other functions of disturbed roadside soils affect long-term restoration success.