Heather is a native of Roseville, MI, a suburb of Detroit, MI. She received her BA in Environmental Science from Alma College in Alma, MI in May of 2006. Heather completed her graduate studies in in Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis at Indiana University-- School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2008. She now works for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the Office of Energy Markets writing the narrative component of the budget, and other administrative documents related to FERC's regulation of wholesale energy markets.
During the summer of 2007, Heather completed an internship with NCSE. In addition to working on Encyclopedia of Earth, Heather also completed a research project to aid NCSE's effort to create an international interdisciplinary association for environmental scientists. She also provided administrative support in NCSE's effort to create a Council of Energy Researchers and Educators (CERE).
Heather's academic interests include: sustainable agriculture, sustainable housing, renewable energy, economics, and toxics. Heather has thoroughly studied issues associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and agricultural subsidies, completing a seminar and an independant study about these topics. Heather's non-academic interests include sewing, reading (mostly non-fiction), swimming, and going to art museums.