Born and raised in Colorado, Ellyse spent her childhood as a full-time adventurer, feeding her sense of wonder throughout the Rocky Mountains. She loves camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and snowboarding but truly discovered her passion when she took a geology class at Colorado State University which led her to discover the science and study of the natural world she so adored. With a bachelors degree in Natural Resources Management and a double minor in Global Environmental Sustainability and Restoration Ecology she is now finding her niche in the real world. Since traveling the west coast and working in urban forestry and gardening she is looking forward to getting more rural and back into the mountains and forests that so inspired her once before. She is extremely excited to embark on a new adventure in the Sierra Nevada to fulfill her dreams of science and pursue new explorations and experiences.