Joan is a PhD candidate studying community ecology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is broadly interested in invasive species and climate change impacts across terrestrial systems. Joan focused the majority of her PhD research in the Sierra Nevada. She led expeditions into remote areas of wilderness, tracking the invasion of a tree pathogen called white pine blister rust. Using her past experience directing restoration programs in the Santa Cruz Mountains and her lifelong passion for wilderness and open spaces, she aims to explain key ecological factors that will help facilitate effective management in the face of a changing climate. Joan approaches her work with a socio-ecological lens that is embedded in her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and as a developer of outdoor education programs in the US. In her spare time, you can find her chasing wildflowers and epic mountain views.