In 2010 I graduated with my BS in Ecology and Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology. After seven years and ten states I found myself working for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s research team where I’ve been working on a variety of projects in the Cascades and Coastal ranges. My Ph.D. research in the Epps lab began in January 2022 and involves analyzing a lot of the data I’ve been involved in collecting over the past five years. I am specifically interested in applying new methodologies for surveying wildlife to current wildlife management techniques, specifically here in Oregon. I am using Columbian black-tailed deer (CBTD) fecal DNA as well as camera trap data to model CBTD density across the western part of Oregon and compare density estimation techniques with the hope of implementing these methods into annual wildlife surveys.