Hey, y’all! My name is Makayla and I am a Texas native honored to join Cascadia as a 2020 West Coast summer intern. I am currently a senior at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where I am pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology. At Baylor I am an undergrad researcher in the Laboratory of Ecological and Adaptational Physiology (LEAP) where I study endocrinology in both whale earplugs and baleen. After college, I plan to pursue a PhD and continue to conduct marine mammal research in the future. My passion for the ocean was sparked by a 5th grade writing project, and I’ve been an avid “save the whales!” gal ever since. My other interests include road-trips, crafts, hiking mountain trails and being out in the water. As an intern, I am excited to experience the unique opportunities Cascadia has to offer and to build upon my research experience, all while living my childhood dream!