Having always been science-minded, my understanding of why things happen is important. My studies started with a degree in physics. My path branched from the physical sciences by my increasing tropical fish hobby. Tropical fish lead to an interest in killifish. Collecting killifish in the U.S. exposed me to the variety of our native fishes. With increased knowledge of ecosystems, I began to learn about entire watersheds. Along this new path, my M.S. degree is in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan.