I earned my Masters of Science in Journalism in 2015, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. My master's thesis was on sanitation and water quality in the Santa Monica Bay. Following graduation, I reported on science and technology in South Africa and Costa Rica for print and digital magazines.

Prior to USC, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. My favorite time at Capital was spent exploring and studying animal and plant life on Andros Island, Bahamas, and the east and west coasts of Costa Rica under the supervision of my biology professor and mentor, Dr. Alan Stam.