Susan received her B.S. in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, an M.S. in Ecology, Fisheries, and Wildlife from University of Michigan, and a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. Throughout her many years of research she has conducted bird surveys, run banding stations, and been a part of bird research in Maine, Virginia, California, and Colorado. Susan has also created education programs in the U.S. and Mexico, assisted with workshops on bird monitoring and conservation in both countries, taught basic identification courses, and led a course for the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. In addition, she has worked with a variety of conservation organizations over the years, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, in addition to serving as a consultant for the Continental Divide Land Trust and other groups. However, one of her greatest achievements to date is Susan’s foundation of the organization Environment for the Americas (EFTA) and through EFTA, her impact on bird conservation and migratory bird education.