I am pursuing a career in the field of fisheries research and conservation primarily due to my passion for the diversity of fishes found within the waters of the Midwest. I graduated from Emporia State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Biodiversity. During my undergraduate education I worked as an Ecological Technician for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism surveying fish communities across the state. My undergraduate research focused primarily on the status of Plains Minnow (Hybognathus placitus) within Kansas and the various anthropogenic factors leading to the decline of the species. Currently, I am pursuing a Master’s Degree within the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University, studying the Topeka Shiner (Notropis topeka). My research will focus primarily on creating an “Index of Oxbow Integrity” which may be used by various stakeholders when restoring oxbows within the region.