Shona Snater’s love of wildlife and nature led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology Conservation and Management from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, which helped cut her teeth in field research. She worked for several years in a Marine Benthic Laboratory participating in SCUBA research of kelp forests and taxonomically identifying benthic invertebrates that make up the ocean floor. After college, Shona moved back to the Midwest to pursue a career in agriculture as her understanding of ecological systems grew to recognize the potential of improved agricultural practices for wildlife populations, water quality, sequestering greenhouse gases and economically revitalizing our rural communities. She has been working at LSP since October 2016, and deeply appreciates the work LSP does to regenerate our soils and investigate the microbiology that makes up a healthy soil biome. In Shona’s spare time, she enjoys rock climbing with her partner, Jared, hiking, caving in the karst region, and walking with her dog on a quiet, snowy night.