I grew up in eastern Nebraska and received my Bachelorâ??s in Wildlife Biology from CSU. I have had the pleasure to work with a wide range of Coloradoâ??s wildlife including Gunnison sage-grouse, moose, mule deer, black bear, and Merriamâ??s turkey. During the last two years I have been in the field monitoring and collecting data on a population of desert bighorn sheep within the Black Ridge Wilderness Area in western Colorado. This beautiful and remote landscape consists of red rock mesas dissected by steep canyons. For my M.S. thesis project I will be analyzing desert bighorn sheep habitat preferences and the ability of wildfire to augment available sheep habitat. I will be collaborating on this project with the Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife with Randy Boone as my advisor. I hope address issues involving resource selection, nutrition, wildfire, invasive species, and population ecology. In my spare time I like to cook, snowboard, and tinker.