Originally from Southern New Jersey, Kristin spent her youth exploring the unique ecology of the Pine Barrens as well as the modest woods around her hometown. She moved to Asheville in 2013 and shortly thereafter began volunteering with WNC Nature Center and Appalachian Wildlife Refuge. She attended UNC Asheville, earning her B.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology. She has a special fondness for birds, and her undergraduate research examined elevational shifts of breeding bird populations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She was the founding president of UNCA Audubon, an official student chapter of the National Audubon Society, while also serving as a Student Board Member for Elisha Mitchell Audubon. Kristin is thrilled to be a part of Project Conserve and hopes to use her position as an educator to inspire others to connect with and help protect the natural world.