My interest in ecology dates back to high school, when I took my first class at a magnet school for science and math nerds (like me) from around North Carolina. I thought it was fascinating, but not very useful until I minored in Agricultural Ecology while studying Natural Resources in NC State's Forestry Department. After graduation, I apprenticed at CEFS' Small Farm Unit, a CSA/demonstration farm where I did research, taught 3rd graders and learned about sustainable agriculture by living it. Working there inspired me to eventually run my own student farm program and develop my own research projects studying soil. That is why I'm here studying the effects of management/climate on carbon stocks in pastures of the Southeastern US and will spend a little bit of time in the AgEd department. Dr. Rich Conant is advising me for my MS degree.