Mindy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) who has lived and worked internationally for nearly 30 years. Starting when she was a teenager, she worked in Mexico as an environmental educator and SCUBA guide. Her love of international experience and really spicy food has led to frequent world travel and a dedication to enjoying the natural and cultural resources of nearly 20 countries. After completing an undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish, she began work in international natural resource conservation, eventually pursuing a master’s degree in natural resource management. Her fieldwork experiences extend from Thailand to India, Mexico to Nicaragua. As a conservation grants manager for the Division of International Conservation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she helped support terrestrial and aquatic wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the world. She recently returned from nearly two years of fieldwork in Indonesia which she conducted as a Fulbright U.S. Student Researcher and a Fellow through the American Institute for Indonesian Studies. Her travels have allowed her to experience some of the most biologically unique and diverse areas on the planet and interact with the people that care for those ecosystems. Her professional interest is in finding opportunities to support collaborative conservation that brings together people from different cultures to address today’s challenging ecological problems.