Tracie Barry has a passion for the natural world encompassed by her philosophy to “always look down.” As an amateur geologist and an avid hiker, she finds herself constantly awed by the treasures that abound in Washington State, both mineral and biological. When she is not enthralled by her lectures, textbooks, or experiments, she explores the world from snow, to dessert, to sea, actively enjoying sporting in all seasons, and on all terrain. She derives no greater pleasure than bringing the wonders of the natural world to everyone she meets, strangers, classmates, and friends alike. Tracie is an undergraduate student at Grays Harbor College. She hopes to major in aquatic biology, with a minor in political science. Eventually she hopes to study andromodous fishes, and the ecology of the biomes that support them.