As an undergraduate student, Fill stumbled into an introduction to fire ecology course where she had the opportunity to assist in conducting prescribed burns. For Fill, this was a life changing opportunity. This experience led her to an internship where she tracked snakes through the prairies of Kansas.
“I must be really lucky or something, but spending one full year, everyday outside in these gorgeous savannas was just amazing,” said Fill.
When Fill completed her Ph.D., she realized that she still wanted to learn more. This realization led her to complete post-doctoral research in Africa where she studied invasive pine savannas.
Throughout all of Fill’s experiences, she continues to hold conservation at the forefront of all of her research. Fill defines conservation as “caring about the environment.” She believes that there are several different ways to define specific conservation goals, but in order to achieve these goals it is imperative that people have an open mind are willing to discuss these goals with people who are not aware.