Bethany moved to Florida from Seattle, WA in 2005 where she quickly became intrigued by the wildlife and ecosystems of Florida. She finished her Bachelor's degree at the University of West Florida, in Pensacola, where she began working for a research team collecting data to examine the ecology and abundance of the Florida apple snail. This led to her graduate degree and a research position at UWF. During this time she gained experience in prey density sampling, habitat and vegetation sampling, quantifying aspects of avian foraging behavior, GIS, statistical analyses and technical report editing and writing. Her thesis research focused on south Florida wetlands, specifically the abundance and distribution of apple snails within different habitat types and movements of the endangered snail kite. She is excited to be part of a team that contributes to the conservation of our natural ecosystems and rangeland habitat through applied research and environmental stewardship.