I grew up here in Sullivan County, exploring the woods and streams around my home. When it came time to go to college, I couldn’t imagine studying anything but Biology. I went to Hartwick College, where I had the opportunity to participate in off-campus programs in the Bahamas, Brazil, and the Galapagos Islands. My senior project research focused on pesticide accumulation in the organs of rodents in local corn fields. After graduating with my B.A. in Biology from Hartwick, I enrolled in the East-West Marine Biology Program through Northeastern University, which consisted of a semester in the San Juan Islands of Washington, a semester in Jamaica, and a semester near Boston, Massachusetts. I learned how to SCUBA dive in WA and spent many hours under water in Jamaica. In Boston, I was able to volunteer at the New England Aquarium as a whale watch guide and a penguin caretaker. When I needed to return to Sullivan County, I was fortunate to find a position here at SUNY Sullivan in the Science Division. While working here, I completed my Master’s in Environmental Studies at Bard College, my research focusing on plants and animals, other than beavers, that use beaver lodges as habitat. I also took some time off to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, one of my proudest accomplishments.
Here at SUNY Sullivan, I have taught labs in the past, but I prefer to be “behind the scenes” setting up the labs and ordering all of the necessary supplies. I also run the “Bug Room,” scheduling tutors and lab assistants, providing models and materials, and opening it for student use. Since 2004, I have served as a Community College Coordinator for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate/Research Science Visions Preparation Program (Bridges/RSVP). Through this exciting program, Sullivan students participate in a five-week, paid summer science research program at Purchase College.
I have been involved with the SUNY Sullivan Community Garden since it began in 2009. I have my own gardens and greenhouses at home, where I grow and preserve most of my own fruits and veggies. I love playing in the dirt, cooking, reading, hiking, and bird watching.