Student Naturalists

2017-2018 Student Naturalists

2016 - 2017 Student Naturalists

Alex Bynum ’18 was raised amongst the hills and farms of central Vermont. He loved exploring the rivers, damming up streams, and wandering through the calming forests of his own backyard. His passion for learning about nature was sparked on a small farm in Vershire, Vermont, where he completed a project detailing the natural history of a small section of forest. At Carleton, he hopes to search out the clues that point towards what happened in the Arboretum’s history and share them with the broader community.

Christian Heuchert ’20 grew up as a nomad within the USA, straying away only once out to Chile. Currently he resides in Dallas, Texas where he runs nature trails as early as possible to be the first one out. Startling armadillos and bobcats makes him giddy. His love of animals was fostered by a family who have taken him to zoos all over; 20 penny pressed coins serve as proof.  Christian fell in love with the arb the first time he saw a little muskrat cruising down the Cannon River and thought, “it’s me.” He is eager to learn as much as he can about the local arboretum and share with other nature enthusiasts.

Andy Hoyt '19 was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, surrounded by the rolling hills and horse farms of the Bluegrass region of Central Kentucky. For much of his childhood he enjoyed canoeing, hiking, and camping with family and friends. He eventually became involved in the Boy Scouts of America, where he was introduced to backpacking and other outdoor activities.  This love of the natural world around him eventually matured into a desire to protect the environment through conservation efforts and share his knowledge of ecology and the environment with others. He is excited to continue exploring and learn more about the Arboretum as a Student Naturalist. 

Callen Inman ‘19 is a nature enthusiast from Atlanta, GA. Ever since he was very young, studying chipmunks and pond creatures in his own backyard, he has been trying to fight modern-day man’s alienation from nature, his lack of kinship with his fellow animals and plants, and his general obliviousness to life and the wild, which still lurk before averted eyes and aloof spirits. He wants to show that humans are inextricably connected to the Earth, that life can exist symbiotically with people in backyards and gardens, bring to light the innate environmental curiosity of children, and help change the anthropocentric and distant ideas about an environment “out there” that paddle back and forth in the shallow lap pool of western culture’s ecological awareness. At Carleton and in the future, he hopes to spread awareness about many different parts of environmental studies-- from ecological relationships to education to spirituality to economics to politics to philosophy, which can all help redirect a worldview that has trouble looking outside of itself. He hopes to enlighten others-- and continue his own learning-- about the environment’s wonders and the need for a great shift of mind before it is too late.

Will Loner ‘19 grew up in the temperate woodlands of southeastern Michigan. At an early age, his family would find him climbing trees or wandering in a seemingly aimless fashion beneath their leafy boughs. This roaming eventually inspired him to seek more information about the world around him. When his nose is not stuck inside a plant identification guide, he can likely be found hiking amid the Shumard oak and pumpkin ash of Belle Isle State Park, or seeking some, as of yet, unexplored wonder of the Arb. He is endlessly fascinated by trees, Polish history, dragonflies and candles.

Eliza Malakoff '19 grew up in the DC Area, hiking, birding, and paddling with her family. Inspired early on by heroes like Rachel Carson and local whitewater-kayak racers, Eliza has spent much of her time in the Potomac River and surrounding nature. She also enjoys sharing her fondness for spiders, bugs, stars, and ecology at the same Appalachian summer camp that deeply nurtured her own interest in the natural world. She has already fallen in love with the Arb and Cannon River, and is very excited to explore and share that love.

Kate Nootenboom ’20 was born in Oregon and grew up exploring the old growth forests and mountain ranges of the Pacific Northwest. She loves backpacking, rafting, and all things outdoors, and has made the Arb an integral part of her life here in Northfield. At Carleton, Kate studies ecological and geological systems, and hopes to utilize the Arb as a natural classroom through which the community can better understand and interact with Minnesota's rich natural history. She looks forward to continuing to explore and care for its paths and prairies, and to allow others to do the same for many years to come. 

Sylvie Stanback '18 grew up in Davidson, North Carolina, in a family of biologists.  As a child, she learned to name all the birds in her yard, flip rocks for bugs with her big brother, and ask TONS of questions.  When she was a little older, she went to camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and set out to learn about the all plants and animals she could find.  Not much has changed, and these days she loves learning about the different species of plants and animals that can be found in the Carleton Arboretum.  Sylvie is an art major, and can often be found doing way too many extracurriculars, geeking out over tv shows and movies, or camping out in an art studio in Boliou Hall. 

Sophia Takemi Kawamoto '18 was raised alongside redwoods and the Pacific Ocean. She discovered her love of nature through running, wandering, swimming, and hiking in Northern California’s many wilderness parks. However, it was at a natural science camp in the Appalachian foothills that Takemi began to study the natural world. It was here she developed her passions for backpacking, butterflies, and water coloring. At Carleton, she hopes to spread excitement and knowledge about the Arb!

Tim Winter-Nelson ‘20 grew up surrounded by wild fields of corn and soybeans in Urbana, Illinois (they somehow always managed to grow in perfect rows… it’s crazy how nature does that). He spent much of his childhood frolicking through fields, prancing amidst prairies, and meandering through meadows. Not one to be stuck on the ground, Tim also grew up swimming streams, paddling ponds, tiptoeing treetops, and frequently failing to fly. He has not lost his childlike sense of adventure (or humor), but his preferred landscapes have gotten bigger along with him: Tim now loves marching to mountaintops and rushing over rivers, as well as adventuring in the Arboretum. He is dedicated to spreading his enjoyment of the outdoors to others.