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, ecological restoration, and land/watershed stewardship.  I am also planning to enter URI’s graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) in the fall of 2021. 

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 plan to acquire volunteer/internship experience in land stewardship, ecological restoration, environmental policy, and fundraising.  I have also planned to acquire additional skills in adaptive management, project management, and facilitative leadership.    I am currently volunteering on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Adhoc Committee for SER.  I am currently managing the development of a stewardship plan for the URI North Woods, a university-owned forest adjacent to its Kingston campus. 

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, 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.