I am a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a bachelors degree in Biology, and a native Tennessean. I came to Washington to get my first taste of field research and the west coast. I enjoy hiking, birding, and just being outdoors in general. I have always found great joy in being out and learning about wildlife since I was young. This lead me to become passionate pursuing a career in field research so that I could do both. My main desire is to do so focusing on avian or marine vertebrates as they are the most interesting organisms to me personally, and working with Cascadia has only helped to strengthen that desire and reinforce my desire to continue toward that goal. I was happy to stay with Cascadia and help with spring whale watches and gray whale necropsies.