I received my B. S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University in the spring of 2012. During my undergrad years, I worked on two separate research projects 1) possible synergistic effects of multiple heavy metal contamination on stream macroinvertebrate communities in Dr. Will ClementsÃ¢?? lab and 2) the thermal tolerance of the stonecat, a species of special concern in Colorado, in Dr. Chris MyrickÃ¢??s lab. These two projects solidified my career path into aquatic ecology research, with an emphasis in stream restoration. After working at Colorado Parks and Wildlife as an aquatic technician I returned to CSU in the Colorado Coop Unit, working with Dr. Dana Winkelman, to earn a masterÃ¢??s degree in ecology with my research focusing on what effects large in-stream woody debris has on eastern slope Rocky Mountain trout populations.