I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Environmental Science and Management program at the University of Rhode Island, where my academic focus is on environmental policy and management, social-ecological restoration, land/watershed stewardship, and coastal resilience.  I am also enrolled in URI’s graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS). 

This coursework will enable me upon graduation to meet academic qualifications for becoming a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner-In-Training (CERPIT) with the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).  Accordingly, my studies include coursework in ecological restoration, forestry, botany, soil science, hydrology, wetland science, baseline documentation, environmental law and policy, dispute resolution, and public engagement with science.

Leading up to my anticipated graduation from URI in May 2023, I am cultivating volunteer/internship experience in land stewardship, ecological restoration, environmental policy, and fundraising.  I have also planned to acquire additional skills in project management and facilitative leadership.  I have volunteered on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Adhoc Committee for SER, have been a Habitat Intern for Rhode Island's Save the Bay, recently completed a one year term managing the URI North Woods Stewardship Project, and am currently the Strategy and Development Intern for the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council.

Upon graduation I aim to secure employment that contributes meaningfully towards social-ecological restoration and a more just and sustainable future.  Inspired by the many veterans in my family, I am moved to public service, and aspire to find Rhode Island- or Massachusetts-based employment in the public sector or a public-funded institution, either on the federal, state or municipal level.  In the longer term I am curious about exploring work opportunities in the non-profit sector and/or international work.