Gillian is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her current research is focused on the influence of seasonal snowpack on thresholds related to species' habitat in the western United States. Gillian completed her M.S. in Civil Engineering at Purdue University in 2023, and earned a graduate certificate in GIS. Her previous research involved evaluating methods to improve the simulation of urban flooding using hydrologic models. She also graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont in 2020.