Allison Feldman graduated cum laude from Binghamton University in May 2011 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Biology. Although she has always been passionate about science, particularly marine biology (the field through which she hopes to soon pursue her masters in), she recently became fascinated with tropical ecology and conservation after a research expedition to Costa Rica. Allison spent the summer after her college graduation working on the island of Nantucket, where she did everything from research snake biodiversity to give tours of the island's grey seal population. Although she has only recently moved to D.C., she is thoroughly enjoying her time at NCSE and is taking advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer.