As a Michigan native, I have had the privilege of growing up surrounded by water, and my passion for Great Lakes Fisheries emerged at a young age. Before I was two years old, I had taken my first dip in Lake Huron, and learned how to hold a fishing pole before the age of three. My passion for the outdoors led me to complete my Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in 2016. I continued my education by earning my Masters of Science in Biology from Central Michigan University in 2019 where I studied the oxidative costs of parental care in a mouthbrooding cichlid fish. Here at Michigan State, I am a PhD student working with Dr. Brian Roth to study changes in predatory fish diets within Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. When I have free time, I enjoy spending it outdoors, going bass fishing, playing hockey or playing volleyball.