the action of conserving something, in particular: the preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife.
I care deeply about nature. Not just old forests and pretty sunsets (although I appreciated those too), but the everyday nature that makes up our lives. The landscapes I’ve always loved most are those of working lands, of hayfields and woodlots and the houses of people who are part of those lands. My background is in forestry and silviculture, which centers on tending forests for various benefits.
I’ve worked at the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science since 2007, and it has been a fun and rewarding experience the entire time. The Institute was tiny when I started—really just me working in an empty office building, trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing—but we’ve grown the organization year by year to something really unique and fantastic. We now have 19 amazing individuals that develop and deliver really cool science related to climate change, carbon, and forests.
I’m also on the Board of Directors for the Keweenaw Land Trust, our local organization for protecting the lands and waters that make our local area so special.