How long have you been at Oregon State? How did you get here? What’s your career journey been like?
I actually attended grad school in the College of Forestry, graduating in 2006. I worked on the Willamette and Gifford Pinchot National Forests as a Recreation Planner for a few years before starting my position with the OSU Research Forests in 2012. I would say it’s the best job yet, except for the two summers I spent as a Wilderness Ranger in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness when I was an undergrad.
What do you love about your job?
I love working out here at Peavy Arboretum. I can walk outside at any time and find a snake in the planter boxes, watch the birds, or go for a quick walk or run on the trails. While I don’t get to work in the field as much as I’d like, all of my work is tied to the land and how people connect with it. Finding ways to help people form personal connections with nature is my main motivator. Also, I work with really wonderful co-workers, students, volunteers and visitors.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I have an awesome partner, two little kids, a dog, two cats and five chickens who make life fun and busy. I also really enjoy writing fiction, knitting, cooking, spending time with my extended family, and playing time outside.
What have you consumed within the pop culture world lately. Got any good books, movies, shows or podcasts to share?
I’m really embarrassed to say how caught up I am in the last season of Game of Thrones and definitely spent a sleepless night this week reliving zombie battle scenes in my head. I pretty much enjoy most sci-fi and fantasy tv shows, regardless of apparent quality, especially ones with queer characters.
What’s your favorite food?
Not-so-sweet chocolate cake with a chocolate buttercream frosting and a giant glass of milk.
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
I would like to be a cat, primarily because I would be able to sleep whenever I want to, wherever I want to. Also, I would be very honest about how I feel at all times, and would enjoy small pleasures such as warm sunshine, cuddling, and chasing lasers.