Justine Lang graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Spanish. Growing up with an unconventional childhood, her love for the natural world stems from the six years she spent traveling the globe by sailboat with her family. Immersed in diverse ecosystems and cultures throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Polynesian Triangle, Justine chose to concentrate her undergraduate career on conservation. Before graduation, she worked as a wildlife conservation technician with the NC National Estuarine Research Reserve to research the impact of sea level rise on marsh sparrows. She also interned on Willowdale Urban Farm, where she used sustainable gardening and community engagement to improve local food security. By graduation, she had gained a passion for avian ecology and a better understanding of the intersection between people and the environment. At the Bren School, Justine is specializing in conservation planning, with the goal of protecting coastal birds from climate change and human development. She understands that environmental issues are human issues, and she desires to combine scientific solutions with community engagement to apply good management practices.