My name is Derek and I live in Manhattan, Kansas. I’m honored to be a part of the Ethnobotany program here at UAF, and I’m super excited to learn more about plant identification and the plants that live in Alaska. My favorite hobby is to forage and identify plants and fungi in various areas. I’m currently a member of a citizen science initiative to collect and identify local fungi for the herbarium in Konza Biological Station for Kansas State and I’m hoping to learn practical skills that I can directly apply in that project. I’m always looking to gain more knowledge about the natural world as to become better connected with plants, fungi, and mother Earth. It’s a pleasure to meet you all and I am looking forward to learning together in this course.