Raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Elizabeth developed her love of nature early on, spending her childhood exploring DuPont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest. After high school, she attended Western Carolina University where she earned her BS in Biology. While she initially attended college to study pre-veterinary medicine, her area of study was quickly geared towards plant biology after learning about the fungal pathogen chestnut blight and the declining population of American Chestnut trees. Thus, sparking her passion for conservation. During her time at WCU, she worked in a cell and molecular biology laboratory where she developed a love for plant molecular biology and plant physiology. Elizabeth is excited to serving with AmeriCorps Project Conserve and to be working in the community where she established her love for the natural world.