Chelsea started at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center’s Bird Banding Laboratory in August 2018. Chelsea's role at the BBL includes data management for encounters and program coordination with STEP-UP (Secondary Transition to Employment Program – USGS Partnership). She earned an associates of science degree from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2008. Before her time at BBL, Chelsea was a broadcast journalist and public affairs specialist in Okinawa, Japan for the United States Marine Corps from 2008 to 2012. In 2018, she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in communication from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. While at FSU, Chelsea studied ornithology, and found her passion for birds and field work.