Aurora completed her BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2013 where her research examined local food culture, health, and the environment. After graduation she spent five years in the specialty, organic tea and botanical industry finishing as a tea taster and educator. In 2019 she completed her MSc in Ethnobotany at the University of Kent and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew during which she spent three and a half months in the country of Georgia researching the biocultural relationship between Georgians, their landscape, and the grapevine. Since 2021 Aurora has been working as a consultant for the Missouri Botanical Garden on their Ethnobotany Collections and Data. Currently, Aurora is working on her doctorate at Royal Holloway, University of London and Kew Gardens focusing on the biocultural diaspora of tea. Outside of the academic realm, she enjoys fermenting plants as well as locating old growth trees and forests.