Jaidyn is originally from Los Lunas, New Mexico and has spent her whole life enjoying the outdoors. She recently graduated from New Mexico State University with her bachelor’s degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology. She has spent the last year focusing on ecological parasitology. She assisted on a project in and around the Valles Caldera National Monument looking at how fires in the region are influencing the extent to which ungulates and small carnivores are likely to become infected by parasites. She also assisted with research that focused on examining the impacts of botflies on wild rabbit populations across southern New Mexico.