I just finished my second year of my undergrad in EBIO and am very excited to participate with the Johnson Lab in the 2018 field research crew on amphibian parasitology in the Blue Oaks Reserve in California this summer. This will be my first experience with conducting actual field research and I couldn’t be happier. I have a lifelong passion for all things herpetology; whether it be catching amphibians and reptiles in the field or keeping them as cherished pets. As organisms, they simply fascinate me and I aspire to travel the world and conduct research on all types of herps, especially frogs and snakes. As well as EBIO, I also have a major in Studio Arts and a minor in Spanish. I plan on spending a lot of time in South America where my knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese will assist me in studying the biodiversity there. I spend most of my time outside of class and work in the ceramics studio, or studying or drawing with my ball python Marvin wrapped around my neck. I love hanging out with my friends and going climbing or hiking as much as I get the chance.