Rebecca earned her Master’s degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013. Her thesis studied the effects of Lodgepole pine death due to Mountain Pine Beetle on understory plant communities. While at CU she served as TA for General Biology and Introduction to Ecology. She was also a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow for two years, which allowed her to improve her skills as a science communicator and educator & to bring her own research experience into K-12 classrooms. In addition to her Master's research, Rebecca has ten years of experience working on ecosystem based research projects as a botanist, crew leader, project manager, technician, volunteer, & student. Her research has given her the opportunity to work on plant communities & invasive plants in California grasslands & Colorado subalpine forests, bird diversity in Costa Rica, & nesting sea-turtle populations in Hawaii.
Currently, Rebecca is a secondary science teacher Boulder, Utah. She also has a Wilderness Emergency Technician (WEMT) certification, & serves as an EMT on Boulder's ambulance. In her free time, she enjoys learning new skills, discussing scientific literacy, and spending as much time as possible exploring the expansive wilderness of Southeastern Utah. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007. Rebecca was a Professor for the Colorado EcoFS class in 2015 & 2016 & Teaching Assistant in 2014. She is passionate about ecosystem-based education & excited to bring her expertise to EcoFS.