Hello everyone, my name is Emily Camp and I’m a 22 year old junior here at UAF. I am majoring in Wildlife Conservation Biology with a focus in Marine Biology. Even though I plan to work primarily with large mammals, I wanted to take this course because I work as a naturalist for Carnival Cruise Lines during the summers and would like to expand my knowledge of all organisms in Alaska. For the summer I live on the ship, but I am able to get off in each port everyday, so I am looking forward to collecting plants from Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines and Sitka for this course! I have always enjoyed plants, but I never got into the naming and classification of them like I have with cetaceans and other marine mammals. I do enjoy collecting berries and edible plants while hiking or backpacking so I do have a few identification books, but I hope to become more knowledgable about plant identification after taking this course. My favorite plant right now is probably the Salmon berry plant, Rubus spectabilis, and I am anxiously waiting for the first berries to appear on the bushes around Juneau and Ketchikan!