Virginia Dee Montier-Burke, “Dee”, graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology in 2010. Upon graduation, she accepted a job contracting to NOAA as a North Pacific Groundfish observer, assigned to the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. After four years at sea, she found a shore side job as a Water and Wastewater Laboratory Manager. In her spare time, she can be found hanging out with her dog, Tonks, or reading a good book. Dee feels privileged to have the opportunity to pursue a Masters of Natural Resources with a specialization in Water Conflict Management and Transformation from Oregon State University. Her Masters project will explore social components of plastic bag bans.