Hometown: Hartselle, AlabamaJohn focuses on undergraduate research at Samford, through which he has pursued two projects. The first project evaluated the impacts of a chicken processing plant on an adjacent wetland system. It was presented at the Association of Southeastern Biologists Conference and the University of Alabama STEM Forward Conference in 2018. His current project revolves around extracting suspended bat DNA from streams and ponds as a noninvasive alternative to classical bat netting population studies. This is an independent project funded by an Alabama Power Research Fellowship through the University Fellows Program. John has interned at Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc. in the Ecological Services department and at Dynamic Biosciences: a Birmingham biotechnology company. John is also the president of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society at Samford. After graduation, he intends to pursue an advanced degree in biomolecular engineering.