Joanna grew up in a town of 200 people on the shores of Lake Michigan. When she was 12 years old, the acres of trillium and birch behind her parents' house were sold and developed into summer condos. She never forgot what it was like to see something so unique made so generic. Joanna earned a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. During her time at Princeton, she traveled to Kenya to study community conservation and restoration ecology. She fell in love with East Africa's wide-open landscapes pulsing with life, and later returned to Kenya to track birds and teach environmental education. Joanna went on to earn a Masters degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from New York University. She writes about climate change, environmental justice and conservation policy for the New York Times, Popular Science, OnEarth Magazine and TakePart.com.