My education started in environmental science, but evolved to focus on the human-environment relationship after I discovered a love of sociology towards the end of my B.Sc. The social sciences offered me a way to understand (and hopefully change) some of the environmental problems I had learned about in my science courses.
During my undergrad, I worked on a research project to assess the use of new wetland management techniques to reduce human-beaver conflicts. My curiosity about the human-
nature relationship grew as I listened to the wide range of opinions about beavers, and saw first-hand the environmental consequences of our management decisions. I followed my curiosity a step further by starting my Master's degree at the University of Connecticut where I now study people's attitudes about black bears and black bear management. This human dimensions project brings together my background in ecology and wildlife management with my drive to understand human societies and our place in nature.
"All rules for study are summed up in this one:
learn only in order to create.”