My perspectives have been crafted by experiential learning environments. A balance of rigorous academics, physical labor, community service, and outdoor exploration has equipped me with the tools to operate in dynamic interdisciplinary environments.
University of California - Berkeley
At the Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory, we quantitatively study the ways in which physical, biological, and human components of the environment are linked to understand how critical ecosystems and the functions that they perform may change over time. Water flows as a theme through this research as one of the components of the environment most critical to life and indeed, perhaps the single most dominant factor sculpting the geography of Earth’s natural and human landscapes.
Warren Wilson College - Asheville, North Carolina
Warren Wilson College provides a distinctive undergraduate liberal arts education that combines academics, work, and service in a learning community committed to environmental responsibility, cross-cultural understanding, and the common good.
A Curriculum That Connects: With 900 students and an average class size of 17, professors know students by name and can give each student individual attention. The curriculum provides a foundation for bringing the Warren Wilson Triad Education Program (academics, work, and service) to life. All resident students log 15 hours a week with an assigned work crew—one of over 100 crews essential to the daily operation of the College, complete 200 hours of community service to support students in the development of civic responsibility, and accelerate in academic study.
Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology - Northern Tanzania
This program is focused on exploring the balance between ecological concerns and socioeconomic objectives in the vast wilderness expanses of northern Tanzania. Topics include:
Tanzanian Cultures and Society
Precolonial and colonial history; Tanzania’s socialist experiment; contemporary political and economic issues; discourses of development; cultural anthropology; human and physical geography.
Wildlife and Conservation
Paleoecology and ecological zones of Tanzania; patterns of wildlife abundance and diversity; deforestation, soil erosion, and water catchment issues; management of national parks, reserves, and game-controlled areas; animal behavior and ecology; impact of economic development and tourism on anthropogenic landscapes; conservation education; poaching and hunting; environmental law and policymaking; natural resource management.
The program includes excursions to national parks and conservation areas including Serengeti, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara national parks; Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area; Mazumbai Forest Reserve; Ndarakwai Ranch; Loliondo Game Controlled Area; and Enashiva Nature Reserve. All excursions are designed with the objective of changing scales and locations, providing a variety of perspectives through which to explore essential questions.
"The Ceremonial Plant and Animal Use of The Elang’ata-Dapash Maasai"
Colorado Rocky Mountain School - Carbondale, Colorado
Colorado Rocky Mountain School encourages our students to become passionate, confident human beings who approach the world with intention, intelligence, and compassion. With sustained, collaborative effort by institution and students alike, CRMS has been turning out exemplary citizens for more than 55 years.
Mission: Colorado Rocky Mountain School cultivates a learning environment in which students discover their potential to excel as individuals, contribute to their communities, and participate thoughtfully in the world we share.
Vision: Inspired by the mountains, deserts, and rivers of the West, Colorado Rocky Mountain School fosters a lifelong commitment to intellectual rigor, sustainable living, meaningful work, aesthetic appreciation, and civic involvement. CRMS’s college-preparatory curriculum maximizes each student’s growth by providing the opportunities, expectations, and support that lead to accomplishment and instill a sense of purpose. Close and meaningful interaction with faculty reveals to students the values required for success in college and in life.
Values: Colorado Rocky Mountain School instills in its boarding and day students the desire to live a purposeful and vital life from a foundation of idealism, compassion, reflection, and growth. Underlying all aspects of the CRMS experience are three essential values that guide our actions and decisions: