My first career path was with the US Department of Interior at Saguaro National Park (2002-2005). I worked as a wildland firefighter (Forestry Technician) on their backcountry wilderness firecrew and later on their Fire Use Module.
That experience led me to a master's degree working with Dr. Peter Brown and his Rocky Mountain Tree Ring Research Laboratory, using dendrochronology techniques and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) under D. Phil Guertin at UArizona reconstructing historical fire regimes in Utah.
Later, during my Ph.D. program I worked for the US Department of Agriculture in the Coronado National Forest Supervisor's Office (2008-2012) as a Fire Management Specialist. My doctoral research was inderdisciplinary around restoration ecology, GIS and remote sensing in watershed management and ecohydrology.
My dissertation relied on remote sensing and field plot data to analyze disturbance regimes and carbon budgets of western US forest ecosystems .
That work with large remotely sensed data sets led me to my current career in data science and geoinformatics.