I grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin on a small farm where I participated in 4-H and FFA, showing pigs at the county fair for several years. I attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, graduating in 2016 with a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. During my undergraduate career I worked for Dr. Sheaffer’s cropping systems lab helping graduate students with their field and lab work, and developed a passion for agriculture in the process. Post-graduation I completed an apprenticeship with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in North Carolina, where I had a variety of responsibilities, including helping to maintain beef, dairy, and swine herds, and sampling cover crop and corn trials. I recently completed an M.S. in Agronomy – Soil Science at Iowa State University where I examined the potential of household item decomposition as an indicator of soil health. Throughout this project I had the opportunity to work with a handful of commercial farmers across the state of Iowa while implementing my research in their cover crop strip trials. I currently live in Ames, and in my free time I like to cook, sew, and play card games. I’m very excited to join the ISA team and I look forward to getting to know all of you!