I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin until I was 10 years old when my family moved to the cornﬁeld dotted rolling hills in the subtly beautiful countryside of Southwestern Wisconsin. It was there that my already sprouting interest in nature began to rapidly grow. I attended college at the University of Wisconsin— Eau Claire, where I majored in Ecology & Environmental Biology. At UWEC I found amazing opportunities for studying abroad, such as a research trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Northern Minnesota and a volunteer internship at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galápagos Islands. My interests include music, reading, science, critical thinking, biking, taking photos, the great outdoors, backcountry trips, and last but not least: exploring new environments. I am very excited for this opportunity to experience the Mojave Desert!