Growing up in Colorado and Wyoming, I developed a very early love for the environment. My family spent a lot of time traveling and hiking, encouraging me to learn about nature in a respectful way. I knew by the time I started high school that I wanted to study Environmental Science, because I really couldn’t see myself studying anything else.

Olivia2The incredible Environmental Studies program at Colby was one of the main reasons I chose to come here. A really great aspect of the ES program at Colby is the access to past resources used by other ES students. Our extensive internship database facilitates the process of finding an internship for summer or JanPlans, and it’s available to anyone. I also enjoy Colby’s annual conference titled “Community, Culture, and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods”, during which we have several guest lectures, posters, and breakout groups for students to participate in.

After high school, I took a gap year to volunteer abroad, including working on elephant conservation projects out of Wasgamuwa National Park in Sri Lanka. This experience really solidified my interest in a career in animal conservation, and I’m hoping to get an internship this summer working in this field. I have also recently become interested in sustainable farming and food production. I spent last summer working on a salad farm and a beef farm, in Scotland and Ireland respectively. This JanPlan, I will be taking an off-campus course in Global Change Impacts on Marginal Marine Ecosystems in Bermuda through the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. I’m so grateful for the amazing opportunity to get hands-on experience and can’t wait for the course to start!

Outside of being an ES major, I am involved with the Food Recovery Network, a CCAK mentor, a member of the Outing Club, and I work as an Office Assistant in the ES department.