My name is Laurissa Gulich, and although I'm currently living the city life in Boston, my heart lies within the natural world. As a native Michiganian, my passion for lakes and streams runs deep, and my childhood was spent playing in, on and around any one of Michigan's thousands of lakes, including the Great Lakes. Protecting these freshwater bodies is important to me. I completed my undergraduate degree in Earth Science with a minor in Geographic Information Systems from Michigan State University, and I am currently pursuing my M.S. in Environmental Science in the School for the Environment from the University of Massachusetts Boston. In my free time I enjoy rowing, hiking, swimming, eating and spending time with my family. I also love traveling and can't wait to plan my next adventure. Under the guidance of Dr. Alan Christian and the assistance of the Freshwater Ecology Lab, I hope to gain valuable experience and knowledge of these freshwater ecosystems that I can take back home in order to conserve and effectively manage Michigan's freshwater resources.