Hello! My name is Zachary.

I am a fourth year biology major with a love for our environment. I moved to Bath, which is a suburb of Akron, when I was 11. My back yard backed up to the border of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), so I spent a lot of time exploring the forests of CVNP growing up. I liked it so much that I spent the summer of my freshman year doing an internship with them. I primarily worked with the community engagement team, but I got various opportunities to collaborate with the vegetation team as well. I really enjoyed removing invasive species and planting native ones, when given the opportunity. Even after my internship, I don’t feel entirely comfortable identifying plants. There is just too much to know! I am excited for EEOB 2210 because it will give me the opportunity to learn more about the identification and biology of the plants that are around us all the time.

My coat of arms depicts my interest in the mountains. I spent lots of time exploring, hiking, skiing, but my favorite activity is climbing. I am excited to learn more about mosses because they are in many of the areas/rocks that I hike and climb on. My favorite quote is “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd. I enjoy this quote because it forces me out of my comfort zone and allows me to broaden what I believe is ACTUALLY uncomfortable and what is my fear getting a hold of me