While studying biology as an undergraduate, Jesse spent a semester abroad in Belize. Later, after six years working as a carpenter, he returned to the same program as staff to teach students in a variety of settings, from rural rainforest field sites to remote islands. These experiences, coupled with a childhood spent hiking and playing in rural Kenya, led Jesse to pursue a master’s and then a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary ecology at the University of Florida. Jesse now works as a postdoctoral researcher with a team of scientists seeking to understand how cities impact wildlife, and specifically how they alter evolutionary processes. Jesse speaks Swahili and is also proficient in Spanish and Portuguese. This fall Jesse will be developing a course for undergraduate students focused on understanding how science works, while also continuing his research.