Kailey graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a major in Biological Sciences, and minors in both chemistry and environmental science. During her time in the beautiful Black Hills, she was also able to work on several wildlife studies. She was involved with the capture and tissue sampling of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) for studies on pneumonia, chronic wasting disease research on the elk (Cervus canadensis) population of the Black Hills, and tracking and tissue sample collection of mountain lions (Puma concolor) for studies on the local population. She was also involved with the capture and collaring of whitetail (Odocoileus virginianus) and mule deer fawns in addition to population studies of deer, pronghorn (Antilocapra americana), and elk of Western South Dakota. Kailey has always had a passion for the wilderness and the animals that reside there and is excited to join the FPI research team to study the animals in the jungles of Peru.