My passion for nature and conservation was born of camping and hiking experiences as a scout in the United States. After getting a biology degree from the University of Iowa, I served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Mozambique from 1999 to 2001. While teaching biology at the secondary school of the village of Mafambisse I worked together with another volunteer in Gorongosa Village where we hosted a science fair between students from each community. The event was such a success that has spread and now there are annual science fairs in the provinces of Mozambique.
After service in the Peace Corps, I returned to the US to work for the "Boy Scouts of America" and became camping director of "Camp C. S. Klaus," the local summer camp where I grew up in Iowa. In 2006, I moved to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina, to teach biology and environmental science in addition to earning my Master of Arts in Teaching from Xavier University of Louisiana. During my stay in New Orleans, I organized a school camp club and later went to Panama and Jordan with students to interact culturally and also investigate environmental issues.
I went up for the first time Mount Gorongosa in 2000, and later visited the Gorongosa National Park in 2005. I was interested in returning to work in Mozambique, and I am very excited to have becomethe Research Manager Gorongosa Park in 2015. This role includes providing scientific and logistical support within the Department of Scientific Services. I have the opportunity to collaborate with visiting researchers from around the world, and with young Mozambicans who act as technicians or trainees within the Park. Since I came back I’ve noticed a remarkable difference in the development of the Park and I am very grateful to be part of the restoration efforts.