Emily grew up in Mobile, Alabama. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Montevallo where she studied biology and environmental studies. She later moved to Birmingham for a year to work with Jones Valley Teaching Farm, which altered her perception on the origins of what we eat. Emily then moved to Marquette, Michigan to complete her master’s degree in biology, where she studied evolution of African freshwater crabs while also instructing introductory biology labs. She is happy to move back to a warmer climate, and she anticipates getting back into the process of growing food while teaching. Emily enjoys fried rice, riding her bike, playing games on her Switch, and spending time with her sister.