About Olivia

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I am a third-year 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 a member of the SEFS Quantitative Ecology Lab, run by Dr. Beth Gardner. My dissertation is focused on characterizing and quantifying the impacts of pollution on wild birds. Current projects include 1) modeling the impacts of inhalation exposure to air pollution, including smoke from wildfires, on avian populations and 2) assessing dietary exposure to microplastics in seabirds on a remote atoll in the South Pacific.

My work is driven by my interests in environmental science and sustainability, my love for birds, and my strong belief in the Wisconsin Idea. Public engagement is a key part of my academic and professional activities. I have previously worked as Summer Educator at the Madison Audubon Society, Outreach Assistant for the UW–Madison Energy Analysis & Policy program, Communications Coordinator for the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, and Student Programs Coordinator at the UW–Madison Office of Sustainability.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, nature walks, bird watching, ultimate frisbee, playing piano, belting out show tunes, baking, and binging on Netflix with my husband and our two cats, Lady Arya and Mr. Butters.

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