Meet Our Scholars
California State Polytechnic University,
Wildlife Conservation and Economics
Nick is a third-year undergraduate studying wildlife conservation and economics at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt. He has also completed coursework for a minor in GIS. He has utilized his educational background in environmental consulting, environmental education, and undergraduate research at the University of Minnesota. Through mentorship from academic scholars and Indigenous professionals, he sought to investigate exactly how extractive mining processes harmed Indigenous resources in Eastern Minnesota. His findings were thanks to the generous teachings of the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, who shared data and historical context surrounding Minnesota's water features. Following his experiences, Nick grew excited to pursue a secondary degree in environmental management and policy. He hopes to follow a career in environmental law and/or policy that respects environmental personhood and advocates for underrepresented stakeholders and natural resources. Outside of his career, Nick is proud to grow his faith every day by learning from more experienced Christians and exploring ways to intertwine STEM and service in future endeavors. He has faced challenges from both his queer and faith-based communities but strives to be the most authentic version of himself.