Mrs. Vining spent two years working as an undergraduate research assistant in a plant physiology lab. She has experience utilizing various pieces of lab equipment, and has assisted on various research studies involving effects of exposing plants to extreme drought conditions. Mrs. Vining has various field experiences working with wildlife. She has monitored black bear behavior in the great north woods of Minnesota; she has monitored honey bee floral morphology preference in Kansas; she has experience handling various types of reptiles; she has assisted in Konza Prairie LTER research in Kansas by trapping, handling, banding, measuring, and bleeding tall grass prairie birds; she also has experience loading data into, and writing line of code within program RStudio.
Mrs. Vining received her B.S. in just three years from Kansas State University. She graduated in May of 2019 with a degree in fisheries and wildlife conservation, with an emphasis on wildlife ecology. Mrs. Vining is currently gaining knowledge within the restoration field, and is helping to restore various types of ecosystems within California.