During my undergraduate work, I interned with the DNR for a summer working with burrowing owls. While the work was interesting, I realized that I did not really care to be outside in all types of weather and amongst the abundant wildlife (bugs!). Instead of using my environmental biology degree to work outside, I found myself happily working for various environmental companies in the Twin Cities over the next 9 years. I primarily analyzed building materials for asbestos using polarizing light microscopy, but also did air sample fiber counts, radon testing, and potable water testing for coliform bacteria. Occasionally I got to go out into the field to do sample collection, which made me realize how great it was to be in a comfortable lab.
After having children, we moved out of the Cities and eventually moved to Saint Peter. My huisband, Steve (a banker), and I have raised three children, who are quickly leaving the nest. I spend much of my summer gardening, trying to keep the rabbits at bay - I just don't look for bugs!
B.A., Saint Mary's College, Winona, MN