I’m a graduate student at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources studying forest ecology and invasive species. Those fields represent the major areas of study in my career, but I’m also broadly interested in ecology and applied science for conservation. Before starting my MS program, I served as an AmeriCorps member with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative in North Carolina, which catalyzed my interest in communicating science, and science-backed management practices, to the general public.

 Dr. Valerie Thomas in 1979 standing with a stack of early Landsat Computer Compatible Tapes (CCTs). Thomas was responsible for the development of early Landsat digital media formatting.

 NASA on Wikimedia Commons (public domain) 

Meet Valerie Thomas, the inventor and scientist who launched the longest-running satellite program imaging Earth’s surface

During Thomas's three-decade career at NASA, she connected scientists with the data they need to understand our planet

Backyard data in six US states shows that native mason bees are declining

For 13 years, volunteers across the mid-Atlantic region helped scientists track mason bees

Are invasive insects better equipped for climate change than native species?

Separately, climate change and invasive species are two huge threats to biodiversity worldwide. What happens when they combine?