University of Colorado Boulder, September 2018 – Present: Boulder, CO.
PhD in Literature (student)
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
Environmental Literature Institute, June 2018: Exeter, NH.
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?"
Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference, June 2015: Ripton, VT.
Wildbranch Writing Workshop at Sterling College, June 2010: Craftsbury Common, VT.
Group Leader: National Geographic Student Expeditions, Chiang Rai, Thailand. July 2018.
Co-leading a group of high school students on a community service trip to Thailand. Participants teach English to primary school students and partake in cultural activities to learn about the region.
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.
English Instructor: Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ. August 2017 – December 2017.
Teaching two sections of English Composition I.
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.