From Washington State, I grew up exploring the forests and tidal zones of the Pacific Northwest. I have always held passion for the outdoors and its conservation. Following this passion, I received a Bachelor’s degree in biology, with a focus in environmental studies, in 2020 from Whitman College. While in school, I regularly led outdoor trips for fellow students, leading backpacking, snowshoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding trips. I also studied abroad through The School for Field Studies’ Tanzania program and used the data from my Directed Research for my Senior Thesis. Since graduating, I’ve worked seasonally for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, surveying both endangered and invasives fish populations in Oregon and Upper Peninsula Michigan.