My name is Thomas Herrmann. I am a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a B.S. in environmental science and resource management with a focus on wildlife conservation. I am received minors in quantitative sciences and Arctic studies. I came to Seattle from the suburbs of Chicago, where I have lived my whole life. My interest in the Arctic started when I was studying abroad in Iceland and Greenland in the fall of 2018. While abroad I did an independent research project about the impacts of increased shipping through the Northwest Passage on the species that live in the region. With this minor I would like to continue studying Arctic species as the ecosystem they live in continues to change. I believe the Arctic is an incredibly important region to study as it is constantly changing, and changes in the Arctic have potential to impact areas around the globe.