I grew up in Morris, Minnesota and now study Geography at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I’m interested in the innovation of new spatial technologies and ways of thinking that will allow us to better understand and protect the natural world. Geographic knowledge and skills have traditionally been used to exploit the earth’s resources for economic gain. I’m hoping to take part in the reversal of this trend, using spatial technology to protect our environment so that it can be enjoyed for as long as possible.
My love of nature was instilled in me by my father, who introduced me to camping, hiking, and biking, now three of my favorite activities. Since then I’ve also gotten into canoeing and rock climbing. Although I am fascinated by all the natural environments our earth offers, from the mountains of Colorado to the jungles of Ecuador, I never get tired of the beautiful forests and rivers of Wisconsin, and would like to ensure that these natural wonders are available for future generations to inherit. I’m thankful for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters for their work on this goal, and I’m glad for the opportunity to participate. I’m hopeful that if we can educate the public on the interconnectedness of their lives and the larger ecosystem, they will become more aware of the environmental problems we face and more open to their solutions.
I’m a conservation voter because the destruction of the environment is perhaps the greatest issue facing our global society. We owe a debt to nature for providing us with the life we enjoy, and it is our duty to protect it.
Favorite place in Wisconsin: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest