Unlike most first-year students, Brandon came to Stetson with an interest in plants and ecology and stayed true to his passions throughout his four years as a student. His senior research project, "Eﬀects of competition and fire suppression on the growth of two sandhill understory plants, Aristida Stricta and Pityopsis Graminifolia" included summer work that was funded by a SURE grant. While consistently excelling in the classroom and in Stetson's Honors Program, he also was active in Hatter Harvest (and served as that group’s president) and the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem, among other environmental groups, as well as the Biology Honor Society (Beta Beta Beta) and the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society. It is hard to predict where his path will take him, but Brandon's curiosity, intellect and enthusiasm for life is sure to make the journey a rewarding one. He currently is interested in a career in forestry or conservation ecology and has applied for a job with the Florida Department of Forestry. He also is considering graduate school in conservation or forestry as well as certification in automotive repair.