I am an assistant professor at Murray State University and an Associate Wildlife Biologist certified through The Wildlife Society. Like Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife management, I have always had a passion for wildlife and cannot live without wild things. In my position at Murray State, I am fortunate to teach our future wildlife biologists, advise the Murray State Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and to be the program coordinator of the Wildlife and Conservation Biology program. Additionally, I mentor undergraduate and graduate students as they complete research related to how wildlife management and anthropogenic stressors influence wildlife at individual (behavior and stress physiology), population, and community levels. I aim for the research completed in my lab to help inform wildlife conservation and management, which is increasingly important with accelerated human-caused global biodiversity loss.