Originally from New Jersey, Kristin has always loved spending time outside looking at all of the plants, animals, rocks, and fungi she could find.  She moved to Asheville in 2013 and has fallen in love with the mountains and all of the organisms that call them home.  She earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies from University of North Carolina at Asheville while volunteering with WNC Nature Center and Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.  She is exceptionally fond of birds and did her undergraduate research on the effects climate change may be having on breeding bird populations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  While serving as the first Student Board Member of Blue Ridge Audubon Society, she helped establish and was the founding President of UNCA Audubon, one of the first student-run campus chapters affiliated with the National Audubon Society.  Kristin is looking forward to her second term as an environmental educator at the NC Arboretum through Project Conserve.