Elena earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Religion in 2013 from the University of Florida. Since then, she has worked across the Western U.S. in a variety of positions including a trail crew stint with the U.S. Forest Service in Bigfork, Montana, an Archaeological Technician both in Oregon with the U.S. Forest Service and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, and, most recently, two seasons as a Wilderness Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Her research interests include public land and protected area management, visitor demand of recreational ecosystem services, and place attachment/place bonding. In her free time, Elena enjoys climbing, biking, skiing, cooking, learning new crafts, and planning trips abroad!
Elena joins the Wildland and Recreation Management Research Lab as an M.S. Candidate in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management.