Hi! My name is Kristen Alvstad and I am a senior at Oregon State University pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. I have had a wide range of experiences in college so far, from working with sea stars to salamanders, but I am especially excited to be working with marine mammal research for the first time. I am currently an intern for the Hawai’i office working on photo-identification. I will also be working with the stranding team participating in stranding response and necropsies as much as possible as well as entering stranding histology reports. I am particularly interested in marine mammal stranding response and rescue and I hope to get an introduction into the field this summer with Cascadia! I am originally from Bend, Oregon and I love the Pacific Northwest and all the outdoor adventures it has to offer!