Rhys Kutschbach grew up in Northwest Ohio near Lake Erie, a watershed that continues to be negatively effected by algae blooms from agricultural runoff. Rhys moved to North Carolina and entered their academic career with a strong interest in the relationship between people and the environment around them. Rhys graduated from Warren Wilson College in the Winter of 2022 with an undergraduate degree in Global Studies with a concentration in Environment and Society as well as a minor in Environmental Studies. Rhys’ senior capstone focused on the appropriation of Indigenous knowledge and technology in the context of a neoliberal global economy and climate change, seed sovereignty, and global trade. Rhys now lives in Boise and enjoys any activities that allows them to engage with nature and the outdoors.