Courtland Caldwell is currently pursuing a B.S. in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, with a minor in Forestry. Growing up in Southwest Virginia, he developed a passion for the conservation of flora and fauna native to this region at an early age. His work on the Southern Appalachian Silviculture and Biodiversity Project (SASAB) this past year has even further fueled this passion. He has interests in silviculture and herpetology, specifically woodland salamanders. His summer research will consist of testing for the presence of chytrid fungus in various amphibian species. Courtland hopes to gain valuable knowledge and experience at the CMI to better prepare him for higher education and a career managing wildlife habitats.