Elise is interested in innovative ways to tackle conservation issues. As a painter and computer geek, she aims to find unique approaches to addressing environmental problems ranging from art to technological solutions. In 2020, she graduated from THE Ohio State University with a BS in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife and a minor in Global Studies.
Previously, Elise has worked with animals such as wallabies, giraffes, and lemurs at the Cleveland Metropark’s Zoo and Duke Lemur Center. She has donated art to help organizations raise money for conservation efforts including an oil painting for a fundraiser on World Lion Day. As a part of the Poulsen lab, she is on team investigating species occupancy in Belizian timber and conservation forests with a goal of assessing reduce impact logging as a viable way to harvest timber products while protecting biodiversity.