My name is Gabriel Hobson. I grew up on a small family farm near Pittsboro, North Carolina. I am the third of four boys. I graduated high school at the age of 16 and was the valedictorian of my class. I attended Alamance Community College from which a transferred to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC I double majored in environmental studies and biology, graduating in August 2011 with a bachelor of arts. I enjoy cooking, gardening, photography, ﬁshing, hiking, camping, and many other outdoor activities. I am aspiring to build a career in the conservation ﬁeld because I love natural places and want nothing more than to help preserve and restore pristine wild places.