Alex Pavlinovic, 2019 Cohort

With the goal of becoming an environmental science biologist, I have taken part in occupational activities. I moderated and organized two special sessions for the Washington

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Chapter of The Wildlife Society. To gain valuable research and monitoring experience, I have taken part in over 20 projects, including working for Trout Unlimited, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Cascadia Research Collective, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Because of my efforts in assisting fisheries research on the Elwha River Restoration Project, I received the Olympic National Park Youth volunteer of the year award.

Always looking to improve myself, I am hardworking, physically fit, outdoorsy, independent, self-motivated, and passionate about the environment. I am always learning about the natural world, reading scientific literature, backpacking, boating, taking classes, volunteering in the field, and technical writing. All of these efforts may be the root of slight caffeine addiction.

Currently, I am in my final year as a master’s student in the Master of Environmental Studies program at The Evergreen State College. With the support of Cascadia Research Collective, I am conducting my thesis research on a group of gray whales that come into the Puget Sound every year – the “Sounders.” I received grants to fund this work. Recently, I was elected as a board member for the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society. After graduation, I look forward to working in the environmental science field and spending time hiking, backpacking, and boating with my Great Dane Rosie.