I grew up in Rhode Island but consider myself more of a Midwesterner since I’ve lived in various parts of the north-central US for the last decade.

My academic interests have evolved from conservation to sustainable agriculture. I studied biology for my undergraduate degree. I took 4 years in between undergraduate and graduate school where I worked in research, on farms, and at bakeries. I returned to school to more formally study the ways in which we can combine agriculture and ecology.

Field work on an Iowa farm

More recently I’ve developed an interest in data science, curation, and visualization but have had little formal training in programming/computer science basics. While I initially learned R while working at the Chicago Botanic Garden, I took it back up again in haste during my Master’s Degree at Iowa State University. I’ve spent many hours willfully ignoring thesis writing in favor of trying out and attempting to “master” (ha!) new things. What I love about R is that it feels like solving a puzzle, it keeps me on my toes, everything is open-source, and the community/online resources are awesome.

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Photos on this page: The Salton Sea, February 2020. Simultaneously beautiful, fascinating, and gross.

Non-research work experience

Some fun job experiences outside the realm of academia…mostly food related.



The Wedge Table

Dec 2016 – May 2017 Minneapolis, MN
Made food for customers and rang up groceries. Co-ops are the best. Also became an expert burrito roller.


Honey and Rye Bakehouse

Jan 2016 – May 2017 Minneapolis, MN
Served up delicious coffee and baked goods. Became addicted to ham and cheese croissants.

Horticultural Assistant

Seed Savers Exchange

Mar 2015 – Oct 2015 Decorah, Iowa
Farmed a myriad of fruits and vegetables and processed “fleshy fruit” seed. Discovered thin skinned Italian frying peppers.

Farm/kitchen worker

Earth Sky Time Community farm

Sep 2014 – Mar 2015 Manchester, Vermont
Ran farmers markets, took care of chickens, made commercial batches of veggie burgers, farmed veggies, etc., etc. Fattened up on the world’s best bread.

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