Stephanie is a field biologist and a plant explorer. Her master’s thesis was an ethnobotanical project, studying the medicinal plants among the Ngöbe indigenous communities in the Ngöbe-Bugle Comarca of Panama. She journeyed to remote, isolated regions of La Comarca to immerse in the Ngöbe culture to learn their traditional ways of being and sacred beliefs and to understand the dynamic relationship found between people and plants over time and space. For over a decade she has worked on plant conservation, ecological restoration, monitoring and collecting baseline data sets, and adaptive land management initiatives and research with the National Park Service in the northeastern U.S.; with the Bureau of Land Management in the Mojave Desert of California and in the sage-brush country of Montana; with the Forest Service in the midwestern U.S.; as well as state parks in New York and ethnobotanical pursuits in Panama and the Amazon of Colombia. Stephanie is excited about her next big pursuit, having just been accepted into a doctoral program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNCO). At UNCO she will be honing her teaching skills and conducting fieldwork in Denali National Park, studying an endangered lichen species. Stephanie has led four programs with Putney. Three of those trips were Service Hawaii focusing on the rich culture and biodiversity of the Big Island and Maui, and one trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with a focus on wildlife conservation. These experiences have woven her path to pursue and dedicate her life to being a steward of the land while inspiring the future leaders of tomorrow. Stephanie loves everything to do with the outdoors—hiking, camping, geeking out to plants, as well as immersing in other cultures, yoga, belly dancing, salsa dancing, photography, gardening, learning to cook new cuisines, and reading, to name a few. She is proficient in Spanish.