My desire to pursue a career in biological sciences began as a child growing up on the Olympic Peninsula and taking advantage of all the opportunities to experience wildlife that it provides. I later received a B.S. from Colorado State University in biology. My undergraduate research involved creating an assay to identify yeast strains using microsatellite markers. After moving back to the Pacific Northwest, I completed the Wildlife Management Certificate program at OSU and am now working toward a master’s in wildlife science. My thesis is focused on looking at the presence of microplastics in sea otter and North American river otter scat and diet. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, petting cats, and playing music.