Elmera is an Arnhold Environmental Graduate Fellow working on the spatial planning for area conservation in the face of climate change (SPARC) project, advised by Dr. Ashley Larsen. Elmera will be working to understand how agricultural abandonment has and will affect biodiversity, in particular species movement and habitat use. Ultimately, this project will further advance the science of planning for projected ecosystem responses to climate change and provide information to ensure conserved area networks are climate-proofed. Prior to obtaining the Arnhold Fellowship, Elmera worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researching the effects of rainfall gradients on future gross primary productivity across the Isthmus of Panama, as well as exploring patterns of global photosynthetic capacity (Vcmax) plasticity observed within forest canopies. Elmera graduated from the University of Utah with a Honors B.S. in Environmental Biology and is currently pursuing her Masters of Environmental Science and Management degree from the Bren School, where she is also a Forest Sustainability Fellow. In her off time, she enjoys cooking, photography, attending the local farmers' market, and playing the ukulele.