Sophia grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and had an interest in wildlife from a young age. She is now a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double majoring in Conservation Biology and Spanish. While attending UW, she spent three years volunteering and working for the McCulloh Lab in the Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison researching how conservationists can use a plant’s physiological reaction to stress to better inform conservation practices in eucalyptus and cycad species. This gave her the opportunity to better understand the consequences of environmental stress on an ecosystem. After graduating, Sophia worked with Waukesha County Parks and Land Use as a Parks Lead and a Parks Technician to maintain and improve the county parks. Spending time in the county parks with the county conservation biologists gave her field experience in invasive species and natural land management, plant identification, and birding, all of which she enjoys.
Glacial Lakes Conservancy combines parts of both passions developed in her college majors- the conservation of nature and community engagement is at the heart of Glacial Lakes Conservancy.
Outside of conservation, Sophia also loves reading, kayaking, and playing with her dog.