About Me

I am a Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. I hold two degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, including a Bachelor of Science in biology, Spanish, and environmental studies (2015) and a Master of Science in environmental science (2017).

I am currently a member of the UW Quantitative Ecology Lab. My work is driven by my passion for environmental science, ecology, and conservation, my love for birds, and my strong belief in the Wisconsin Idea, the philosophy that a university’s research should be applied to solve problems and improve the health, well-being, and environment of the community it serves. Public engagement is a key part of my academic and professional activities.

My current research is focused on characterizing the impact of particle pollution from various sources, including wildfire smoke, on bird activity.

Click here to view my resume on LinkedIn. If you are interested in contacting me about my current research or public engagement opportunities, please feel free to email me at oliviavs [at] uw.edu.