I am a new MS student here at CSU, and I am glad to be joining Monique Roccaâ??s lab as part of the High Park Fire Project. I will be researching lodgepole pine regeneration. I am originally from Washington State, where I graduated with a BA in geography from Central Washington University in December 2013. My interest in fire and forest ecology stems from my previous career in fire suppression with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Outside of academics, my wife and I like to spend time traveling the world to rock climb. I also enjoy mountain biking, skiing, and just being outside.