Stephanie grew up in the woods of northern Michigan where she lived on the forested campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, which cultivated a love for both the outdoors and music from a young age. She graduated from Smith College in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy and a concentration in Conservation Ecology. While at Smith, Stephanie was a member of the Ecophysiology lab as well as the Spatial Analysis Lab and brought these two interests together during her senior year to complete a research project assessing the feasibility of using drones to monitor dieback of an Eastern Hemlock population due to infestations of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Stephanie moved to central Vermont after graduation to serve with the Vermont Land Trust for a year through the ECO AmeriCorps program. Stephanie is excited to continue her journey with land trusts as she serves with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for the next year as a Stewardship and Volunteer Associate. In her downtime, Stephanie is looking forward to exploring the mountains of western North Carolina and also plans to obtain her Remote Pilot Certification to look into using drones to help monitor conservation easements.