Lillian Maxwell, University of Florida. Lillian is a junior majoring in wildlife ecology and conservation, as well as microbiology. Since the beginning of 2022, Lillian has been working for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Gainesville, Florida, under the supervision of Dr. Jason A. Ferrante. Their work has focused on using genetic techniques to address the challenges that face the manatee population of Florida. The work that Lillian has done has solidified her plans to enter a graduate program and pursue a combined PhD and DVM program. In her work, she hopes to continue to conserve the life blood of Florida, its water, and to educate others on how they can protect it.