Lisa is a Minnesota outdoor enthusiast who grew up loving the wilderness of the Boundary Waters canoe Area Wilderness. She earned her Master’s in Animal Biology in New Zealand and currently serves as a biology faculty member at Inver Hills Community College. Lisa spent five years studying endangered bird species in New Zealand and two field seasons in Alaska studying aquatic ecology. Her current research addresses local effects of a pathogen causing worldwide amphibian declines. This work recently won the National Science Foundation Innovation Challenge, which took her to Washington DC to present on Capitol Hill. Lisa enjoys canoeing, mountaineering, rock-climbing, gardening, and traveling with her family.