My name is McKenna Carter. I’m 23 years old and a recent graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments within the College of Architecture. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and so the mountains, animals, and outdoors have always had a special place in my heart. I’ve spent the last five years in Tucson and fell in love with the desert landscape and the complexity of life and connectivity within. Traveling and adventuring is a huge part of my life and will certainly continue to be as I push to explore as much of the world as I can. It’s also been an inspiration. Currently I seek to know more about how to create sustainable urban landscapes through adaptation and conservation projects, so we can transform our cities and buildings to be less harmful and more self-sufficient. Finding ways to get nature to work alongside us will be key in the future. My internship with the FotoFauna project at Sky Island Alliance has helped me better understand native species and how to conduct research and data collection to show cohesive trends to the public.