Cassandra Profita is OPB's Ecotrope journalist blogger. Her blog, Ecotrope, offers a daily dose of environmental news, analysis and conversation. She was previously the environment and business reporter for The Daily Astorian, where she covered science and policy news on climate change, forestry, energy and fisheries. She has also worked as a journalist in Wyoming, Chicago and at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. Cassandra has degrees in journalism and environmental studies from the University of Missouri. She is a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting Award of Special Merit. On the weekends, you'll often find her backpacking, surfing, kayaking and mountain climbing across the Northwest.