After finishing my B.S. at the University of Minnesota, I worked for many years as an avian field biologist, in the desert southwest and beyond. In 2007, I moved to Fairbanks, Alaska and last December completed my M.S. at the University of Alaska. While living most of the year in the subarctic, I actually worked on issues closer to here. I studied waterbirds in the Dakotas, looking at habitat relationships and potential effects of climate change. I continued that work under contract with the USGS, when I relocated this past winter to Fort Collins. Now I will be developing this into a PhD dissertation. My co-advisors are Barry Noon and Susan Skagen.