Originally from Stowe, VT, I decided to major in Conservation Biology in order to further pursue my interest in conservation and my passion for the outdoors. The different skills I learned and the subjects I studied within my ConBio courses while at SLU led me to summer internships with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and as a SLU Research Fellow studying wild pollinator diversity throughout the North Country. Some of my favorite classes have included Winter Ecology, Medicinal Plants, and Going Locavore - a class focused on the literature of the local food movement. I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to pursue my own research, both on the topic of wild bee pollinators in North Country kitchen gardens as well as on the issue of microplastic pollution in North Country waterbodies. It has been great getting to explore and learn more about the North Country through my classes and research experiences while at SLU.