The United States, Germany, China, Norway, Japan, Zambia, Taiwan and

currently New Zealand, travel has been my passion. The adventure of seeing

new land is a thrill that is only exceeded by finding new ecosystems. Discovery

and a marvel at nature’s unexpected mastery of creatures using bizarre

adaptations to exploit some ecological niche has ignited a desire to know more

and need to find mentors with a broad worldview for whom I can contribute

my acquired talents.

It has been quite the journey of formal education, research activities

and travel thus far in my career. I find the process to interconnected systems

to be fascinating, and the understanding of them is open to much exploration.

After finishing a bachelor in biology, I joined the United States Peace Corps to

gain a more enriched perspective of the world and also have the experience to

use the knowledge that I have gained in the sciences to help other people in

coexisting with their environment. After serving four years in the Peace

Corps-Zambia, I want to continue my education and build upon my objective of

becoming a researcher.

I worked with multiple departments in research while I studied at

University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. The professors in the departments

allowed me to improve my microscopy skills and I was provided great

experiences in the field of material science with nanowire research. I was able

to work with a research team and use my expertise in biology, ecology,

chemistry, and geology. I also had the opportunity to do field research and

spearhead different projects in the field biology, specifically ichthyology.

I have worked as a Forestry Extension Agent for United States Peace

Corps. My leadership experience stems from my last two years of Peace Corps. I

was selected to be a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader, where I worked directly

under two Peace Corps Country Directors. This job required me to oversee over

30 volunteers at one time. I collaborated with Zambian nationals and

volunteers on site development, bi-annual provincial meetings and would

personally handle any emergencies that would arise. I feel these life skills are

much needed in the research field but not always seen.

After Peace Corps, I have started traveling the world working as a

volunteer on different farms and eco-villages. During this time, I have been

using various techniques in agriculture, light construction, and management.

All this travel has further solidified my idea how vital aquatic ecology is in

the world