I am a new master's student co-advised by Dr. Gillian Bowser and Dr. John Moore. I will work with Dr. Bowser as a graduate research assistant for the Great Sand Dunes National Park, in addition to getting involved with Dr. Moore's Colorado Front Range GK-12 project. I graduated in May of 2008 from the University of Texas in Austin, with a degree in public relations and minors in business and environmental studies. During the summer of 2008, I was a Student Conservation Association intern at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine. Working at the refuge sparked my interest, not only in wildlife research projects, but also finding ways to make that research meaningful to the public. After working at the refuge, I moved to New Hampshire to teach middle school children about the environment as a naturalist for the Stone Environmental Schools of New England. In completing my master's degree, I hope to further my understanding of the hard science regarding our natural environment, especially on wildlife ecology, while developing more focus on a specific topic to pursue for a PhD. My ultimate goal is to someday use my experience and knowledge to teach about environmental issues and participate in public outreach at the college level.