Major Advisor: Brian Roth
Hometown: Southern Ohio
Biography: I grew up in Southern Ohio, and I developed a relationship with the outdoors, while working on farms, fishing, hiking, and hunting. I attended Michigan State University as an undergraduate, where I played Men’s Rugby and majored in Fisheries and Wildlife. During my years in college, I fell in love with Michigan and continued to fish, hunt, camp, and enjoy the many outdoor opportunities afforded by Michigan’s great landscape. After graduation, I went to work with the USGS as a biological technician working on several projects, including fall forage bottom trawls, lake trout spawning surveys, and avian botulism outbreaks. Most of my time was spent on 25-75 ft vessels from April to November. During the time in between and in the winters, I worked at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, primarily looking into avian botulism outbreaks surrounding Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore. My current project is with Dr. Jones and Dr. Roth, as I felt compelled to continue my education, in order to become a more well-rounded professional.