I was born and raised in Wisconsin. In 2015 I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a double major in Wildlife Ecology Research and Management and Biology. Upon graduation, I took short-term employment opportunities as a field technician and traveled across the United States working on various research projects. I started working with mammals, including bobcats in Wisconsin, white-tailed deer in North Dakota, small mammals and rats in Mississippi, and New England and Eastern cottontails in New York, before I entered the world of birds with a position studying greater sage-grouse in Nevada. For the next 5 years I worked for the US Geological Survey as a wildlife biologist, managing a large-scale greater sage-grouse research program in Nevada and California that collected data at 10-12 field sites and employed 40+ technicians every year. From this experience I realized I wanted to pursue a graduate degree to further my understanding of the scientific process to improve my project management skills and discover additional opportunities in the field of wildlife biology. I was welcomed into the Hagen Lab at Oregon State University in March 2022.