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Robby Sainsbury

Robby is an undergrad at BYU studying Computer Science with a minor in Statistics. He loves to learn and be in the outdoors. He hopes to work as a machine learning engineer after graduating. Some of his other interests include public health, urban planning, and hydrology and he is excited to find ways to apply computer science to these fields.
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Russel Anderson

Russel is somewhere between senior and graduating, studying physics and political science. His hobbies and work are inseparably full of research and writing, and he hopes for his career to end up in academia with a focus on tackling complex problems like climate change and political corruption. When he’s not doing any of that, he’s probably listening to music, playing video games, or talking people’s ears off about random history things.
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Katie Lawrence

Katie is a sophomore undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. She is interested in sustainable cities and infrastructure. Their hobbies include learning about extremely niche topics, playing with other peoples’ dogs, and binge-reading.
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Katy Thomas

Katy is an undergrad studying Environmental science and minoring in Business and Urban and Regional Planning. She hopes to help cities and companies become more sustainable through planning and consulting. In her free time she likes to read books, play video games and cook. She hopes to make a difference by making the world a little bit better than it was before.
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Rachel R.S. Poulsen

Rachel is a senior from Ohio studying environmental science and sustainability. Her professional interests include both environmental and economic sustainability, specifically with the goal of helping businesses develop more sustainable practices. Rachel’s hobbies include reading, cooking and baking, and anything Marvel or Harry Potter related.
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Heidi Wilding

Heidi Wilding is an undergraduate studying Environmental Science with a minor in TESOL (teaching English to students of other languages). She loves to stay busy (sometimes too busy!) and her passions include learning, teaching, and exploring!
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Sara Frutos

Sara is an undergraduate from Corning, New York studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. She is passionate about protecting and preserving the beauty of the Earth. She hopes to bring sustainable practices to developing countries and improve their quality of life. She enjoys music, watching movies, hiking, and New York-style pizza.
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Nathan Thompson

Nathan is an undergraduate from Rexburg, Idaho studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He has a passion for outdoor recreation and helping others get involved in those types of activities (backcountrybasics.org). He cares deeply for the environment and hopes to help everyone to become better stewards of this beautiful world.
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Ethan McQuhae

Ethan is an undergraduate from Fort Worth, Texas, studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He is an avid lover of all things plantae. In his free time he loves to hike, eat pizza, and hunt for new plants he hasn’t seen before. He hopes to help others understand the importance of plants in the environment and how we can be better stewards of our great, big planet.
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Addison Bliss

Addison is an undergraduate from Peoria, Arizona majoring in Environmental Science. She is interested in improving community and individual health by establishing gardening programs in environments such as elementary schools and urban areas. She can’t wait to encourage others to get their hands dirty and nurture the world beneath their feet. She loves reading, gardening, cooking, drawing, hiking, and meditating.
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Lexanne Klimes

Lexanne is an undergraduate from Minnesota studying Environmental Science and Portuguese. She is interested in plants and water ecology, and hopes to help conserve river systems and prevent pollution in Latin America.
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Kylee Mecate

Kylee is a first-year undergraduate from Imperial, California. She’s majoring in Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, and she’s always had a passion for animals.
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Justin Lemke

Justin is an undergraduate student from Los Alamos, New Mexico studying Public Health-Epidemiology and Microbiology. He has a strong affinity for conservation and ecology. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, backpacking, cooking and spending time with dogs for mental health.
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Elisabeth Currit

Elisabeth is sophomore from Texas majoring in environmental science and minoring in international development. She loves hiking (especially in Great Basin National Park), reading, mountains, and she plans on getting a PhD someday.
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Shannon Lambson

Shannon Lambson is a sophomore undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. Her interests include wildlife conservation, improving women’s health in developing countries, and watching reruns of the Crocodile Hunter.
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Megan Nebeker

Megan is an undergraduate student studying exercise science from Oregon. She loves learning more about the environment, and ways that we can protect it. She is planning on becoming a physical therapist. In her spare time she enjoys go hiking, visit national parks, and play tennis.
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Sarah Chan

Sarah is a junior majoring in Environmental Science. She developed a passion for environmental science during her time at the School of Environmental Studies in Minnesota. While there, she was able to participate in a high altitude physiology field study which took her to Tlachichuca, Mexico to climb Pico de Orizaba. Since then, she has transferred to BYU and has taken many classes which have expanded her interest in the environment, such as environmental biology, soil science, and chemistry.
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Zach Eliason

Zach is an undergraduate student in Bioinformatics from Provo, UT. He has strong interests in ecology and conservation.
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