Alec grew up in a small town in western Massachusetts and spent most of his time outdoors hiking and fishing. He is currently an undergraduate student at Brooklyn College pursuing majors in biology and physical anthropology with special interests in mammalian evolution and human impact on the environment. Alec works in Dr. Chester’s mammalian evolutionary morphology lab studying mammalian faunal composition before and after the K-Pg extinction event. He has also worked in a microbiology laboratory where he used metagenomic techniques to analyze bacterial samples. To pay the bills, Alec works in the beer and cheese departments at an organic food market at night and on the weekends. In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing, and playing guitar. Not only will this trip be his first time participating in field research, it will also be his first time visiting states not on the east coast!