I was born in Budapest, Hungary, and move to the U.S. when I was four years old. I grew up digging for insects in the backyard and riding bikes in suburban Kansas City, Kansas, and my interest in the natural world led me to study biology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I graduated in 2009 and made the jump to the Big Island of Hawai`i two years later, despite never having set foot on a tropical island. It turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime, and after a brief stint in Oregon, I returned to the Big Island where I now reside with my husband and son in a small plantation town on the Hamakua coast.
My interest in Geographic Information Systems stems from a wildlife biology class in my senior year of college, where I created a model for predicted salamander occurrence in the Appalachian Mountains. After working in molecular biology for a few years, I decided that it just wasn’t for me and that I wanted to explore data visualization and address conservation problems using geospatial techniques. I was very fortunate to find an online GIS program at Itasca Community College that I will be completing this August. I will begin the Tropical Conservation Biology Master of Science program in August as well, at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. My academic interests include using GIS for environmental health assessment and to study ecological processes.
Between schoolwork and chasing around a toddler, life is pretty busy but when I have free time I enjoy surfing, cycling, and adventuring with my family.