Joanna joined ONDA in 2020 as the Conservation Fellow. In her role, she engages with ONDA’s members and supporters to advocate for the protection of Oregon’s wild desert public lands and waters, such as the rugged Owyhee Canyonlands.
Growing up in central Missouri, Joanna enjoyed exploring the forests and trails around her hometown. She fell in love with the outdoors while living in Peru before college, and went on to study ecology and evolutionary biology for her bachelor’s at Princeton University. She spent a semester abroad in Kenya in 2017, and returned there a year later to conduct research for her senior thesis on land management and livestock-wildlife conflicts. Before joining ONDA, Joanna traveled to Spain with a Fulbright grant to study the naturalization of almonds in the Iberian Peninsula.
In her free time, Joanna enjoys exploring the natural world through running, biking, hiking, and rock climbing, and when she’s not in motion, she’s probably plopped down somewhere drawing or reading.