While earning my degree in environmental studies, I discovered my passion for conservation and focused many of my projects and extra-curriculars on the study of non-native invasive species and their management.

After graduating, I spent several years with the National Park Service controlling invasive plant populations in national parks across the Northeast. I decided to refocus my career on promoting the use of native plants and discouraging the use of known invasives in private and commercial gardens, tackling the problem at its source. In 2016, I entered a Horticulture Certificate Program at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City, and began an internship working exclusively with their native flora curator.