As Director of Field Operations, Kirsten Ruiz is responsible for managing the instrument maintenance, execution of field sampling, and laboratory operations in each of NEON's twenty domains. Kirsten received a B.S. in Ecology, Ethology, Evolution from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Colorado -- Denver. Prior to joining NEON in mid-2008, Kirsten served as the Executive Director of several 501(c)3 non-profit corporations and has over 10 years of experience in management and leadership. Kirsten's previous work focused extensively in applied animal behavior and implementation of operant conditioning methods within animal shelters.