As a third generation Californian, I received my B.S. in wildlife management from Humboldt State University. After graduation, I was immediately hired onto a white-tailed deer research project in Wisconsin for its inaugural year. I thought one year of work in the snowy Midwest was all I would ever commit to, but more creative plans exist for me outside of my own. After taking a year working on other wildlife projects, I returned to Wisconsin to lead the deer project. This return then morphed into the Department of Natural Resources sponsoring my pursuit of a Masters, using research that I have been intimately connected with for three years. I could not be more delighted with how things have panned out! I will be working with UW professor Dr. Tim Van Deelen and DNR ungulate ecologist Dr. Dan Storm to evaluate what factors shape juvenile white-tailed deer dispersal in the northern and east central regions of Wisconsin and how they relate to deer management. Excited for this new adventure!