Green Mountain College, September 2011 – May 2014: Poultney, VT.
Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Writing and Communications
Cumulative GPA: 3.97 (Summa Cum Laude)
Skidmore College, September 2007 – May 2010: Saratoga Springs, NY.
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies (Social and Cultural Perspectives), Departmental Honors
Minor: Expository Writing Cumulative GPA: 3.766 (Magna Cum Laude)
SIT Study Abroad: Natural and Cultural Ecology, Spring 2009: Cairns, Australia.
Conferences and Presentations
Vermont Studio Center, April 2018: Johnson, VT.
Fiction writing residency.
ASLE Twelfth Biennial Conference, June 2017: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Editors' Roundtable: Publishing Truth in a Post-Truth World.
John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference: Sharp Eyes IX, June 2016: SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY.
Arctic Nightmares: An Ecocritical Reading of Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams in the Context of Climate Change in 2016.
ASLE Eleventh Biennial Conference, June 2015: University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
Returning Home: The Novels of Hermann Hesse and Reinhabiting a LifePlace on the panel "Heimat: A Foundation of German Environmental Thinking?"
Wildbranch Writing Workshop at Sterling College, June 2010: Craftsbury Common, VT.
English Instructor: Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ. August 2017 – Present.
- Teaching two sections of English Composition I.
- Copyediting book manuscripts, working with authors to edit and improve their work, and reading and evaluating submissions.
- Managing editor of The Hopper, the environmental literary magazine from Green Writers Press.
Group Leader: The Experiment in International Living, Amman, Jordan. June – July 2017.
- Co-leading a group of high school students for a month-long learning experience in Jordan. Participants studied Arabic language and the history and culture of the region.
Literature and Writing Teacher: The Island School, Eleuthera, The Bahamas. August 2016 – June 2017.
- Teaching two sections of a high school literature and writing class. Students study Caribbean voices and question how tourism shapes the Caribbean. Central texts include The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller, Omeros by Derek Walcott, and A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid. Students develop their writing skills through expository, persuasive, and creative writing projects, with an emphasis on peer review and revision.
- Coaching swimming during our morning exercise program to prepare students for a four-mile open-ocean swim at the end of the semester.
- Co-leading three-day kayak trips, where students develop hard skills related to kayaking and camping, as well as soft skills related to leadership and being a member of a team; co-leading five-day camping trips where students explore Eleuthera and discuss the effects of tourism on the island.
Program Associate: SIT Study Abroad, Brattleboro, VT. September 2014 – July 2016.
- Assisting an academic dean and completing academic administrative tasks for study abroad programs in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. Countries in my portfolio include the Czech Republic; the Netherlands; Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo; Switzerland; Iceland; Jordan; Tunisia; and Morocco.
- Editing and preparing web text, catalog pages, and predeparture documents for students; supporting field staff; collecting and filing reporting documents; editing and preparing syllabi; new program development; and acting as a liaison between field staff and headquarters staff.
Student Affairs Manager: The School for Field Studies, Yungaburra, QLD, Australia. August 2013 – July 2014.
- Welcoming American college students to a semester abroad and caring for their health and wellness needs; responding to emergency situations; preparing risk management plans for trips and field work.
- Conducting orientation and leading group activities to create a strong group dynamic and close-knit community among students; leading weekly town hall meetings and reflections on the study abroad experience; conducting disorientation to prepare students for re-entry to the United States and their home universities.
- Planning and organizing community service activities, multiple-day field excursions, and day trips for students.
- Providing educational programming about raptors and raptor conservation to the public, school groups, and other audiences at festivals, events, organizations, and on site.
- Caring for and handling resident raptors and rehabbing injured birds.
- Working on various projects in the education and marketing departments to further VINS’ mission.
Editorial Intern and Contributing Writer: Dirt magazine, Chester, NY. July 2012 – Present.
- Assisting with all aspects of the editorial process, including researching story ideas, creating a calendar of local events, conducting interviews and writing stories, and proofreading a final copy of the issue.
- Writing feature stories and contributing photographs to the magazine.
Environmental Educator: AmeriCorps Member at the New Jersey School of Conservation, Branchville, NJ.
September 2011 – August 2012.
- Teaching environmental courses in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and outdoor pursuits.
- Devising new lesson plans, improving old lessons, creating fact sheets and preparing other course materials, writing blog entries and press releases, creating indoor activities for bad-weather days, and assisting with research projects, data collection, and trail maintenance.
- Participating in a service trip to New Orleans, LA, to help rebuild homes impacted by Hurricane Katrina and serving as a chaperone to college students on the trip.
Assistant Swim Coach: Jefferson Township High School, Oak Ridge, NJ. November 2011 – February 2012.
- Teaching all four strokes to new swimmers, helping swimmers improve technique, assisting with writing and facilitating practices, and assisting with writing meet line-ups and supervising meets.
Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program Intern: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL. June – September 2010.
- Monitoring loggerhead sea turtle nests along 35 miles of beach, collecting data, releasing hatchlings, and office work related to the program.
Communications Intern and Student Assistant: Skidmore College Environmental Studies Program and the Water Resources Initiative, Saratoga Springs, NY. May 2008 – May 2010.
- Developing, editing, and updating two webpages; creating an annual newsletter for the program; promoting campus-wide events; and other projects related to the program.
Writing Tutor: Skidmore College Writing Center, Saratoga Springs, NY. September 2008 – May 2010.
- Tutoring peers in writing and managing the Writing Center’s webpage.
- Serving on the editorial board as copyeditor for feature articles and poetry.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, VT. September 2014 – May 2015.
- Education Docent: handling raptors, interacting with the public about raptor natural history, and assisting with other environmental education activities and special events.
- Volunteering at TREAT's nursery to care for seedlings; planting tree seedlings during the wet season; maintaining, weeding, and watering plantings; habitat restoration work.
Yayasan Pulau Banyak, Sumatra, Indonesia. April 2011.
- Assisting with monitoring nesting green sea turtles and beach clean-ups.