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Keara Bingham

Keara is an undergraduate student from Portland, Oregon studying Environmental Science and minoring in music. During the summer, Keara can be found in a small town in Alaska where she works at a fish processing plant! Her hobbies include playing the piano, running, hiking, and playing video games with her family. In the future, she hopes to focus on restoring environmental activity in different areas of her community.
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Bethany Hurt

Bethany is an undergraduate student from Montgomery Village, Maryland studying Environmental Science with a minor in music. She hopes to work with water resource management in the future. Some of her passions include playing piano and ukulele, singing in the BYU Women’s Chorus, hiking, cooking, Lord of the Rings, and sword fighting.
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Joshua Christensen

Joshua is an undergraduate student from Cincinnati, Ohio studying computer science. Despite his best efforts, he developed a love of Nature after years of being dragged up mountains by his tree hugging father. Now, he hopes to contribute to building a better world in whatever way he can. When he’s not furiously typing on his laptop, he enjoys playing rocket league, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and cooking. More information can be found at https://josh.christen.se/n
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Olivia Burns

Olivia Burns is an undergrad from New Richmond, Wisconsin studying Environmental Science and Sustainability and minoring in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. She is passionate about ecology, environmental law, environmental journalism, and sustainable development. In her free time, she loves backpacking, going through her camera roll, and reading (or looking at pictures in) the National Geographic.
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Karoline Busche

Karoline is an Environmental Science and Sustainability student graduating in April 2024. Her research interests are water conservation, and environmental education. She loves learning languages, hiking, fashion, and laughing.
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Leen Lindsey

Leen is a sophomore undergrad from Simi Valley, California studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He is also minoring in business with hopes of pursuing a career involving sustainability within businesses. He enjoys spending his free time lifting weights at the gym and trying new foods.
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Hannah Mikesell

Hannah is an undergraduate student from San Diego, California studying Biodiversity & Conservation with an Environmental Science & Sustainability minor. They’re passionate about wildlife conservation, combating climate change, and equality. They love learning new facts about various species, hiking, video games, and losing themselves in a good story.
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Audrey Lofthouse

Audrey is an undergraduate student studying Environmental Science and Sustainability with a minor in Geospatial Science and Technology (GIS). She has lived in various places, including Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Colorado, and Germany, and enjoys the outdoors wherever she goes. Her hobbies include trail running, crossfit, calligraphy, and traveling. She hopes to pursue atmospheric science/climatology in graduate school, after which she can eventually just “do science” for a living, and maybe even live in Antarctica for a bit.
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Jansen Nipko

Jansen Nipko is from West Jordan Utah and is an engaged student in the Environmental Science and Sustainability major. Since his freshman year at BYU, he has been working in the Aanderud lab, involved in projects with CoVid tracing in campus wastewater and microbial DNA extraction/analysis of arctic soil samples. He has spent the last two summers working under Dr. Ben Abbott in the frozen tundra of Northern Alaska doing research on Arctic river systems and photo-biodegradability of Arctic river carbon. Jansen loves backcountry skiing, singing to Broadway tunes, climbing, and watching rom-coms.
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Katie Bellows

Katie is an undergraduate student from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, studying music composition with a business minor. Her top research interests include bipartisan environmental outreach, impacts of sustainable food systems on local economies, and household perceptions of environmental cost and waste. When separated from her schoolwork, she’s usually hiking in the mountains or practicing for her next album.
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Harriet Parkinson

Harriet is an undergraduate student from Boise, Idaho studying Geography with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning. She looks forward to professional opportunities to advocate for sustainable development, but for now celebrates individual actions such as buying all of her clothes second-hand. In her free time, Harriet can be found outside hiking or playing ultimate frisbee.

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Audrey Rathke

Audrey is an undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. She loves water and is striving to learn anything about water: lakes, streams, ponds, oceans, etc. She is intrigued with all of the biological, chemical, physical, and geographical components of freshwater and saltwater systems. When she is not learning, Audrey enjoys decorating cakes, painting, photography, water skiing, tennis, and reading.
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Kirsten Steele

Kirsten is an undergrad studying Mechanical Engineering. She wants to be a real scientist when she grows up. She enjoys biking as a mode of ‘long’ distance travel, rollerblading in random parking lots and/or along the provo river, playing with electronics and reading Brandon Sanderson or psychology books.

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Eliza Hammari

Eliza is an undergrad majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability. She has a passion for protecting and preserving our beautiful earth and hopes to help others become better stewards of the fascinating world we live in. She enjoys reading, cooking, creating art of any kind, and anything outdoors.

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Megan White

Megan is an undergraduate student at BYU studying Environmental Science and Sustainability with a minor in music. In the future, she hopes to work as a sustainability counselor and help large cities transition to renewable energy sources. She enjoys reading, drawing, sewing, cooking, making music, and anything to do with the outdoors.

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Becca Black

Becca is a sophomore in Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation and is interested in restoration ecology, particularly in wetland and river systems. She is from central Wisconsin, and enjoys reading, plant ID, making bread, and writing in the third person :)

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Jacob Blood

Jacob is a BYU is an undergraduate from Hurricane, West Virginia studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He is interested in renewable energy and environmental policy and law. His hobbies include reading, writing, skateboarding, studying languages and watching movies.

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Hannah Butterfield

Hannah is an undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. She loves learning and hopes to work with them when she graduates. She loves her current job at a greenhouse. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, crocheting, playing with her cat, and visiting local restaurants.

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