Growing up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington, I have long been passionate about the environment and forests in particular. As a professor, I teach courses in environmental management, environmental policy, and conservation biology. I also lead a field-based digital storytelling course in the Amazon, The Forest Online. As a scientist, my research agenda is designed to improve forest governance and conservation planning using interdisciplinary research methods. Current research projects include designing a megafauna corridor in Sumatra, improving protected area management in Condor National Park in Peru through camera-based wildlife surveys, and designing policies and strategies for intact forest conservation worldwide. As a conservationist, I have collaborations with nonprofits and local stakeholders in Uganda, Peru, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These projects are designed to conserve and restore intact forests and build local capacity to advance forest conservation and sustainable development.