Meet the Ambassadors
Daniel Mayer – Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery
Senior, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts
My name is Daniel Mayer, and I am the Youth Ambassador for Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery in Natchitoches, Louisiana. I am presently a senior at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. My hometown is Houma, Louisiana, and I lived there my whole until I came to LSMSA in the fall of 2008. When I graduate in the spring, I will attend Louisiana Tech University, pursuing an undergraduate degree in both Wildlife Habitat Management and Agricultural Business, with minors in both plant and animal science. I have always been captivated by nature and animals. After I finish undergrad I will go to graduate school, but I have no idea where I will go haha. My hobbies include reading, fishing, hiking, and gardening. When I am finally done with my education I will be a wildlife research biologist, and I really want to conduct American black bear research as my career. Through this program, I simply want to gain experience and see what research is like outside the lab.
Garrett Wilkerson – Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Freshman, University of Louisiana at Monroe
My name is Garrett Wilkerson and I am the Youth Ambassador for Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge located in Monroe, Louisiana. I was born July 15, 1991 in Monroe, but have lived across the scenic Ouachita River in West Monroe my whole life. I graduated from West Monroe High School in May 2010 and will be attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe beginning in August 2010. I will be pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I am choosing Biology as a major because I have always been fascinated by the natural world that surrounds us, and I want to interact with it on a daily basis. On the weekends, I can be found out in the woods or on some body of water, often times fishing. I plan to one day be a wildlife biologist, and, hopefully, I can land a job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!
Cody Meshes – Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery
Senior, Manchester High School
My name is Cody Meshes and I am a participant in the Youth Ambassador program for the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery. The fish hatchery is in Warm Springs, Georgia. I was born in Walnut Creek, California but was raised in Georgia and am currently attending Manchester High School as a senior. I would like to get a broader understanding of what going on daily at the fish hatchery along with furthering my understanding of fish and animals in general. I am interested in a career involving science and this is a great opportunity for me to get hands on experience in this given field.
Grey Clawson – Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Senior, Manteo High School, North Carolina
I am a Senior attending Manteo High School in Manteo, North Carolina. I live with my younger brother and my father. I also have another brother attending NCSU currently. I have grown up my whole life with an appreciative outlook on the land and wildlife surrounding me. I am surrounded by many diversities in wildlife, from the beach to marshlands, from sea turtles to bears, it truly is an interesting place. Growing up I have taken an interest in many things, especially that of music, film, and photography. The Youth Ambassador’s Program is a great opportunity for me to have more interaction with this and something I also enjoy, our local refuges.