I am a Masters student at the University of Hawai‘i studying honeybee health, pests and diseases. Originally from the Seattle area, I moved to O‘ahu in 2022 for the opportunity to learn from local beekeepers and work together towards developing management strategies that reduce the need for chemical controls of honeybee pests in the hive. I’m excited to contribute to more sustainable food systems and healthier ecosystems through my project.
Whether teaching English in China, volunteering with the Peace Corps in Paraguay, or as an environmental steward in Washington, I’ve always incorporated children’s education in my past work. Giving kids the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature is not only fun and enriching, but helps build an understanding of how important the environment is to our health, food, and wellbeing. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue promoting these values here in this community through the Hawai‘i Nature Center.