Emily is a Vermont native who returned to the state a year and a half ago to attend graduate school. Prior to reuniting with her home state, Emily lived in Maine where she received her B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine in 2016. As an undergraduate, she often worked as a research assistant, helping professors, graduate students, and other outside organizations study a vast array of species and ecological systems, ranging from sharks and fish to forests to invasive species. In the final year of her degree, she defended an honors thesis focused on endangered bat habitat use in an experimental forest. This project helped her further realize her love of public speaking and engaging people in science. After graduating, Emily used Maine as her home base for an additional two years, volunteering with a local land trust and disappearing from time to time to explore organic farming and western mountain ranges.
Emily began pursuing a masters degree in environmental policy at Vermont Law School in 2018. As a graduate student, she focused on her passion for writing. She wrote articles and reports on topics such as Farm Bill conservation programs, endangered species, public land use, and forest management. During the summer of 2019, she served as a policy intern for Audubon Vermont where she found herself involved with projects focused on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Ultimately, her lifelong love of nature and desire to share her enthusiasm for conservation with others led her to her current role serving as the ECO AmeriCorps Citizen Science Outreach Naturalist at VCE. When not in the office, you can find her hiking and camping in the mountains with her partner Sean, experimenting in the kitchen, and enjoying the sights and sounds of New England life.