Andy is a doctoral student from Seattle, WA, working in Dr. Byron Adams’ lab. He did his bachelor’s degree in microbiology here at BYU, but switched to the biology department for graduate work because he was interested in studying evolution. His dissertation work focuses on protozoa in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, where he investigates their association with bacteria and the astrobiological implications of their extremophile physiology. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, but especially loves to chat about a broad spectrum of topics and ideas, be they scientific, political, religious, or entrepreneurial in nature. He is also an instructor for the BYU Shotokai Karate Club and loves to play soccer.