Resume

Education

Bachelor of Science, Biological Engineering | GPA: 3.89
Emphasis in Environmental Engineering, Certificate in Multicultural Studies
The University of Missouri | Columbia, Missouri

Experience

Project Manager and Extension Associate, 01/2016 – Present

Division of Food Systems & Bioengineering | The University of Missouri, Columbia

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program

Soil health is a hot topic in scientific and agricultural circles today because healthy soils are productive and resilient. We can foster healthy soils on farms throughout the Midwest, and throughout the globe, by using conservation agriculture practices, such as no-till, cover crops and crop rotations. But we have a few barriers to implementing these practices, so I’m working with others in the Midwest, in Extension at other universities, in private industry, foundations, non-profits and the government, to collaborate and surmount these obstacles, and to ensure the transformation of our food system.

  • Evaluate the role of cover crops in contributing to ecosystem services such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, erosion prevention and carbon sequestration through a comprehensive literature review.
  • Plan and coordinate meetings with soil health stakeholders from university, non-profit organizations, government agencies and the private sector.
  • Develop education and extension materials aimed at increasing awareness of conservation agriculture practices. See the cover crop presentations I worked to develop on SARE’s website.
  • Provide communication and organizational support for the NCR-SARE Professional Development Program and for collaborative soil health efforts across regions of the U.S.
  • Organize the speakers, special components, and farm tours at SARE and ATTRA’s 2018 National Conference.

Environmental Research Associate,  08/2015 – 01/2016

The Center for Agroforestry | University of Missouri, Columbia

  • Manage over 1,000 soil and plant tissue samples from 7 field sites in Central and Northern Missouri for research led by Dr. Sougata Bardhan. The research compares different methods of growing biomass in floodplains.
  • Maintain consistent organization in field conditions and adapt to changes quickly.

Energy & Compost Systems Associate, 06/2015 – 10/2015

Americorps VISTA and Earthdance Organic Farm School | Ferguson, Missouri

  • Diverted thousands of gallons of local waste through the construction of windrow thermal compost piles that were consistent with the National Organic Program standards.
  • Created a permanent guide for future composting ventures at EarthDance and in the surrounding community.
  • Communicated effectively the important steps to creating, maintaining, and troubleshooting issues pertaining to quality compost systems through guided tours of the system and the creation of the aforementioned written guide.
  • Explored the possibilities for “low-emission” heating of the farm’s greenhouse, and maximized resources to install a benchtop heat exchange system to reduce energy costs in the wintertime.

Sales Associate, 10/2014 – 06/2015

The Root Cellar | Columbia, Missouri

  • Maintained a positive store environment to maximize customer satisfaction.
  • Answered targeted and broad questions regarding local produce, specific item preparation and handling, farmer and producer information, and the impact of local food systems on regional economies, environments, and communities.
  • Organized and prepared local items for a Community Supported Agriculture box program.
  • Exercise ability to work independently and with initiative to handle unexpected situations and customer questions.

Bio-Environmental Researcher, 02/2012 – 05/2015

Department of BioEngineering | The University of Missouri, Columbia

  • Synthesized reports of the methods, effectiveness, and impacts of burning non-reusable waste products as fuel.
  • Transported over 1,000 daily pounds of pre-consumer food waste from campus to the compost facility at Bradford Research Farm.
  • Measured relevant parameters of existing compost piles to maintain the quality and cleanliness of the facility.
  • Facilitated discussions and action between necessary on-campus entities to expand the compost program and generate student awareness of waste and energy issues on campus.

Service

Board Director, Secretary, 10/2016 – Present

Corvallis Environmental Center | Corvallis, Oregon

Delegate, 02/2013 – 05/2015

Energy Strategies Student Advisory Group | University of Missouri – Columbia

Treasurer, Director, Active Member,  09/2011 – 05/2015

Energy Action Coalition | Student Sierra Coalition | University of Missouri – Columbia

Project Manager, VP of Outreach, 02/2012 – 05/2015

Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter | University of Missouri – Columbia

Site Leader and Participant, 09/2012 – 04/2015

Alternative Breaks Program | University of Missouri – Columbia


Projects

Environmental Protection Agency | People, Planet, Prosperity, 2015

  • With a team of 3 other BioEngineering students and a Research Professor at the University, designed and conducted bench-scale anaerobic digestion trials to determine the feasibility of utilizing food waste as a substrate for Anaerobic Digestion.
  • Conducted preliminary literature reviews to understand the life cycle impact of waste treatment options,
  • Traveled to Washington, DC in April of 2015 to present research to EPA, American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, and other University competitors.

Engineers Without Borders USA | Design Global, Engineer Local

  • Participated in the first course offered internationally by EWB-USA focused on sustainable international development in engineering projects.

Sustainable Agriculture Internship

Finca Luna Nueva Lodge | San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica, 05/2014 – 08/2014

  • Designed and implemented a rainwater catchment and gravity-fed drip irrigation system for two greenhouses. The system had the capacity to capture 2400 liters of rainwater and save 5 hours of weekly work time spent watering plants.
  • Led engaging tours of the farm for 2 hours each time, utilizing Spanish and English to inspire guests.
  • Motivated guests through exciting cacao tours and hands-on chocolate crafting, while enhancing their knowledge of chocolate production.

Honors & Notable Activities

TEDxMizzou

Columbia, Missouri, April 23, 2016

  • “Cover Crops: An Idea Worth Planting”
  • Developed and delivered an engaging presentation focused on inspiring members of the general public regarding agriculture in the United States, specifically through the introduction of cover crops, their definition, history, benefits, and financial implications through beautiful images and tangible examples.

Honoree

Mystical Seven Secret Society | University of Missouri, Columbia, 04/2014

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