I am currently an undergraduate sophomore majoring in environmental science at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Here, I work for Dr. Bowden on the Harvard Forest Chronic Nitrogen Root study which looks at differences in roots from plots that receive varying amounts of nitrogen fertilizer. The study is also quantifying the concentration of Nitrogen at which it becomes not the limiting resource and/or harmful to the organism. I will be performing research in West Virginia during the 2010 summer at WVU dealing with the exploration of a possible nitrogen gradient going from east to west across the state. I am enrolled in a semester long tropical ecology and conservation program in Monteverde, Costa Rica for the fall 2010 semester. I am currently involved in the outing club and Theta Chi fraternity at Allegheny and really enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing.