Ari joined Colorado Open Lands after completing a Master’s in Ecology. She has experience in working with landowners, conservation policy, and environmental science. Ari graduated from Colby College in Maine in 2015 with a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies. At Colby she worked on ecological research projects focused on rainforest restoration in Costa Rica. This experience inspired her to study abroad in East Africa with the School for Field Studies, where she developed a passion for working closely with landowners and understanding local environmental policy. After graduation, she moved to Jackson Hole to lead backcountry trips for young adults and then to Hawaii to work in horticultural therapy. Finally, she settled in Colorado for her graduate degree at Colorado State University. Ari’s graduate work was focused on forest disturbance in Colorado, such as wildfire and insect outbreaks. This work has inspired her to work closely with Colorado landowners to steward their land for years to come. When she’s not outside at work, she’s outside skiing, biking, hiking, and climbing. Ari loves all seasons in Colorado and is excited to call this beautiful state home.