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About Timothy Swartz

I grew up along in Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains. I spent my summers and time after school wading in the creek near our house catching tadpoles, fish., and crayfish. Ever since then, I've been fascinated with aquatic ecosystems. While working towards my BS in Biology, I began to learn about the many threats that face these ecosystems and their inhabitants. I am currently working on my graduate research at the University of Illinois, continuing a lifelong passion to understand aquatic ecosystems.

In my spare time I enjoy birding, hiking, camping, foraging for mushrooms, and spending time with my wife, Lynda, and our two cats and two turtles.