If you ask Shannon who they are, their first answer will probably be “a forest gremlin”–and they’re not wrong. From scampering around California’s urban wilderness as a kid to exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains as an adult, they have always felt most at home when they can interact with the ecosystem around them. Their love of nature led them to obtain a BS in Biology from UNC Asheville, as well as a second major in Studio Art. With art, they hope to find ways to communicate about science that are easy to understand and fun to interact with, in order to make science and nature literacy more accessible to all people. They have served with the UNCA Student Environmental Center as its co-director and as a community garden manager, at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville TN as an environmental educator via AmeriCorps, as a visual storyteller with the Climate Listening Project, and as a farmhand at their mother’s farm. When they’re not teaching kids about the miracles of worm poop, Shannon can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, caring for their houseplants, and reading.