I am a doctoral candidate in Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University and an NSF IGERT (National Science Foundation, Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellow in Genetic Engineering and Society. I developed an interest in the complex and dynamic processes at the intersection of human and environmental systems as an undergraduate at Mercer University, where I completed bachelor’s degrees in biology and sociology. I then took a scenic route to grad school at NC State, traveling first through doctoral work in marine science and conservation, a master’s degree in environmental public health, a job performing amphibian micro-dissections in a physiology lab, and a brief stint as a middle school science teacher. Drawing on these various experiences and my eclectic interests, I now try to bring an integrated and long-term perspective to questions at the nexus of emerging technologies and the governance of natural resources, especially biodiversity.