Growing up in Connecticut, I showed very little interest in nature or the environment. But when I was 16, and in need of an escape, I took an impromptu trip to Banff National Park in Canada and found a passion for the environment through the lens of my camera. After receiving my BA in Earth & Environmental Sciences from Columbia University, I returned for my Master's in the department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. I believe the only hope for our planet is for humans and the natural world to find ways to coexist. That's why my current research focuses on conflicts between people and wildlife, and finding solutions to the issues which benefit both humanity and the animal kingdom. In the future, I hope to inspire others to cherish the planet through the use of visual arts - as photography did for me - while also utilizing scientific research to create meaningful change.