Originally from Decatur, GA, Joanna serves as a program intern for the School for Field Studies Center for Sustainable Development Studies, based in Atenas, Costa Rica. She previously worked for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as a forest ecology research assistant. Joanna graduated in May 2014 from Sewanee: The University of the South where she studied ecology, anthropology, and watershed science. As an undergraduate, Joanna conducted research under National Science Foundation and US Department of Agriculture grants. She spent the fall of 2012 in Costa Rica learning the ins and outs of tropical biology with the Organization for Tropical Studies. Her research examined strawberry dart frog vocalizations in lowland wet forests. Although Joanna has had the privilege to travel to and study in a variety of unique ecosystems, including the cloud forest, the páramo, and the Palouse, she doesn’t think the salt marshes of the Georgia barrier islands can be beat. If you don’t believe her, spend a day in a sea kayak with a pair of binoculars. Joanna aims to continue to explore her interests in food systems, environmental justice, global health, and human geography. Graduate school remains somewhere on the horizon…


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