Joined: Jan 06, 2017 Last Active: Jul 20, 2019

I recently completed my undergrad in Marine Biology at Northwest Missouri State University and the beautiful pine, saltmarsh, and estuary ecosystems of the Gulf Coast drew me south. I am currently a research technician for my future graduate advisor at University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL). I plan to focus my graduate work on the poorly-studied Gulf coast box turtles (Terrapene carolina major) found abundant along Mississippi’s coast, as well as assist in saltmarsh studies conducted by my lab.

My obsession with nature started at a very young age, and I would say I have been a naturalist for at least 19 or 20 years. I’ve been an amateur herpetologist, ornithologist, and entomologist ever since I learned there were different “kinds” of reptiles, amphibians, birds, and bugs in my early childhood. I kept a bird journal, a butterfly collection, and spent dozens of hours at local ponds trying to catch frogs and turtles. I blame much of my addiction on Steve Irwin (as many of my generation do), Animal Planet’s “The Most Extreme,” Planet Earth, Shark Week, and lots of other educational television programs.

Current Favorite Animals: Terrapene carolina ssp. , Anaxyrus sp. , Thamnophis radix, Cicindela rufiventris

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