Austin is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy and a minor in Public Health. Completing his internship at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has allowed Austin diverse and comprehensive experience in marine and freshwater species studies. He assisted in Specimen Collection Services by classifying organisms taxonomically, participated in daily lab duties including solution preparation and equipment maintenance, examined 340+ specimens using statistical trends to assign the appropriate taxon, and made significant corrections to the organization of preserved specimens in the FWC’s collection. Through the years, Austin has also volunteered his time with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), was an active participant in the environmental restoration at Robinson Preserve, and volunteered on a regular basis for beach and park environmental cleanup events. His course work focused on wetland environments, plant life, and the Listed Species of Florida. Just as a young sapling grows into a mature Grand Oak tree, we look forward to watching Austin growing into the role as an Environmental Scientist.