Audrey Kruse joined BEMP in 2015 as the Education Coordinator. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Northern Arizona University. While in graduate school, Audrey studied riparian ecology and focused specifically on arthropod community in tamarisk along the San Juan River in Utah. Prior to her work in the Southwest, Audrey was a high school science teacher at independent schools in New York and Colorado. Audrey taught ecology, environmental science, and biology, emphasizing place-based education and field studies. She is also a wilderness instructor and has led backpacking expeditions throughout the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Plateau for the National Outdoor Leadership School and the High Mountain Institute. Audrey enjoys rock climbing, baking pies, skiing powder, hiking with her dog, and science puns.