From an early age, I have been fascinated by the workings of the natural world. My interest in many aspects of biology has led me on a wide and varied academic career. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, I studied ecology, evolution, and behavior. The zenith of my undergraduate education was my participation in an Arctic expedition to study the biocomplexity of frost-boil ecosystems in an island in the Canadian Archipelago. On this expedition I gathered baseline data on biodiversity that is being used to study the effects of global climate change on Arctic ecosystems. From there, my passion for understanding the function of the human body led me to chiropractic school. Shortly after beginning a private practice, I accepted a teaching position at a local college and taught Anatomy & Physiology and General Biology courses for the next six years. I was inspired by my colleagues to pursue graduate education, and I am currently working on a PhD in Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota. Through my graduate work, I hope to use knowledge gleaned from systems like suppressive soils to make agriculture a more sustainable and environmentally friendly endeavor.