I am from Nashville, Tennessee, where I grew up going to my family farm. I plan to eventually get the farm up and running again. I went to undergrad at the University of San Diego, where I swam Division I and majored in Environmental Studies and Spanish. My undergraduate studies had an emphasis on Marine Biology because we were so close to the ocean, but in many of my classes we discusses the affects of agriculture on the environment, which led me to go on to come back to Nashville to get my Masters in Sustainable Food Systems from Lipscomb University. I was very drawn t
o the DPM program’s holistic study of plant health, which is crucial to being able to help farmers and other food service stakeholders in the face of climate change. Along with the DPM program, I will be pursuing a Masters in Entomology and Nematology in which I hope to learn more about ways in which we can use integrated pest management to control pests, invasive species, and disease in important commercial crops. I hope that the knowledge I gain from the DPM program will help me gain the credentials to work with government entities, such as extension programs, help farmers directly through crop consulting and one day teach at the university level.