William considers interdisciplinary research to understand how fisheries resources address poverty by drafting research projects at the interface of fisheries management, human dimensions, and environmental justice. He wants to compare how people from diverse socioeconomic groups access and interact with natural resources, consider how fishing motives and behavior vary between these groups, and whether fisheries managers are addressing the needs of historically underrepresented groups. Last year, he volunteered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, interned with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and volunteered in freshwater and marine fisheries research labs at the University of Florida. After investigating case studies in Florida, William is laying a foundation for exploring new case studies in California by collaborating with small-scale fisheries researchers, social scientists, and ecologists. William looks forward to learning more about how the California Department of Fish and Wildlife structures its recreational fisher surveys, whether available data indicates the socioeconomic status of fishers, and recreational harvest consumption. This information will help him consider whether recreational fish harvests are a significant part of the diets of fishers and their families, as well as the health implications of fish consumption from different survey sites.