I was born in Seattle WA in 1988. My parents moved back to northern PA in 1990 where I grew up and attended school until 5th grade. I began visiting Finland with my father when I was about 9 and I officially moved to southern Finland in 8th grade to attend school in Swedish. This was possible because I am bi-lingual and fluent in both Swedish and English. I continued to live in Finland and graduated from Ekenäs High School in the spring of 2007.
I began studying at the University of Helsinki in the autumn of 2007 with a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Media and Communication. I completed my bachelor’s studies during the spring of 2012. During the 2009-2010 academic year I also studied abroad in Tromsø, Norway. In autumn 2014 I began studying a 3 year Master’s degree program in Science Communication and Public Engagement offered through part-time distance study from the University of Edinburgh.
I have always been passionate about nature and gardening and before I moved abroad to Norway I helped my father with Henrik’s Garden, his small organic market garden and ecological lodging enterprise which is located on an island in the archipelago outside Ekenäs. Besides that I have also worked as a journalist for a local Swedish daily paper called Västra Nyland and as a substitute teacher in biology, chemistry, and English. I have taught students ranging from 13 to 18. My career plan for the future is to work within the field of environmental journalism. I am also interested in writing educational material and designing websites for teaching.
Since October 2011 I have lived and worked in Tromsø, Norway at the Arctic Council Secretariat. I am employed as the Website Officer and my main tasks are to update and maintain the Arctic Council website. This includes making technical changes to the coding and layout as well as writing new content, taking photos, and uploading documents to the archives. My other duties include assisting with the logistics of the Arctic Council meetings as well as external and internal communications work.
During my free time my hobbies include long distance running, horse-back riding, volunteering at the local cat shelter, photography, cooking delicious vegetarian dishes and reading heavy hard-cover books.
Residence: Tromsø, Norway