My research took me to cloud forests in Costa Rica and Dominican Republic, rainforests in Washington State, and boreal forests in Alaska. For most of my academic career, I travelled to tropical cloud forests to look at how soil microbes and decomposition change under warmer, drier conditions. I am also a freelance science writer and editor with clips that include an op-ed, feature articles for magazines, environmental news stories, and scripts for radio. I fell in love with the outdoors through science. I am an avid paddler and hiker, and use the outdoors to unwind and find unique outlets to communicate science to the public. I received my PhD at the University of California, Irvine.