I came to Vermont Law School after a 14-yr career in wildlife ecology, where I mostly worked as a bioacoustician specializing in migratory bird communication. I started working as a field technician censusing breeding birds in Pennsylvania during summers as I worked on my B.S. in Biology (Ecology) at Penn State University. Over the next decade, I worked on migratory bird field projects in 17 states for more than a dozen NGOs, government agencies, universities, and private firms, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Park Service, the United States Geological Survey, and the Department of Defense. During an abbreviated stint as a Ph.D. student at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY, I excelled as a lab instructor, teaching a graduate-level systems modeling course and winning a college-wide award for my field ornithology and general biology labs. My drive to conserve wildlife eventually led me from the sciences to the world of law and policy, and Vermont Law has been a perfect place to take advantage of my background in the sciences.