I earned my B.S. in Biology with an Ecology emphasis from Northern Michigan University, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Also from the U.P., I was introduced to nature and wildlife at a young age. A love for travel, birds, and adventure has brought me throughout the U.S. including Hawai’i. A majority of my work has been with endangered species including piping plovers in the Great Lakes, snowy plovers and least terns in Southern California, and golden-cheeked warblers in the Texas Hill country. My most recent adventure was working to help save endangered Newell’s Shearwaters on the island of Kaua’i. Other work includes statewide breeding bird atlasing and the effects of turbines on bats and birds both pre and post construction. I have a passion for avian conservation and am thrilled to be a part of this project at UWGB. My thesis work will help ensure that Great Lakes Piping Plovers will be around in WI for future generations.