I am a current MS student working with Maria Fernandez-Gimenez. I earned my BA in Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and I have since been working in various management capacities in nonprofit and local government. I want to improve the relevance and accessibility of ecological research to land managers. At CSU, I belong to an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, wildlife biologists, economists, land managers, and producers to build state-and-transition models of sagebrush steppe systems. I am interested in what makes plant communities vulnerable or resilient to disturbance, and in the mechanisms that drive hysteretic (i.e. "tipping point") events in ecosystems.