I am a PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University, working with Dennis Ojima. Growing up on a cotton farm in West Texas, I have always had an interest in the effects that agriculture has on ecosystems. After earning a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Economics from Austin College, I spent time working in the US House of Representatives and in project finance at Vinson & Elkins, LLP. I then joined the Secretariat of the Terrestrial Carbon Group at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. My focus was on the finance and political systems needed to effectively address land in climate change policies.
Research for my master’s degree analyzed elk management in Northern Colorado as a case study for understanding social-ecological systems and evaluating institutional fit for resource management. My PhD research draws from these methods and my background in agriculture and climate change to evaluate the capacity of water providers in the South Platte River Basin to adapt to future water stress, induced by climate and population changes.