I grew up in a small town with a small high school not too different from Merit. Since a young age, I’ve always loved animals and nature. My love and passion for the outdoors naturally led me to a career in biology. During my college career, I had many opportunities to expand that passion into doing meaningful work, including many field work experiences. I loved my time in the field spending most of my summer outdoors, collecting data, working back in a lab, and seeing how our research could benefit earth’s biodiversity. I hope to share my passion for biology and field work in a way that my students will gain an appreciation for the world around them and perhaps even themselves go on to continue and further the work of today’s biologists.