Each year, The Wilderness Society honors one graduate student across the United States to receive the Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship. The scholarship was created in honor of Gloria Barron, who was a tireless advocate for wilderness protection. Joan’s research in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks aims to continue her legacy of wilderness protection. Joan’s dissertation is focused on white pine health from low elevation sugar pines to the highest elevation whitebark pines. Joan is thrilled to help continue Gloria Barron’s legacy as she continues to pursue cutting-edge science aimed to inform effective wilderness management.