My background is in ecology and conservation. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona (yes, the beautiful Sonoran Desert!). I received my Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, and my Master of Arts in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. I have worked on everything from rotifers to ants to manatees. I have a special interest in community ecology and wildlife disease, and desire working in the field of conservation management. I also have a passion for wildlife rehabilitation, and currently volunteer at the Wildlife Rescue Association in Burnaby, BC.