My first hands-on bat experience was mistnetting at a mountain top strip mine in Eastern Kentucky in 2013 but I have been interested in bats ever since I was a child. I grew up in Kentucky cave country. Spending time in caves, and knowing that they were used by the bats I saw flying over my head at night, sparked my lifelong interest in bats. My passion for wildlife brought me to Humboldt State University, where I obtained B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology. Though I find bats particularly compelling, I have also worked with small mammals, ungulates, vegetation, and soils.