Emily Lescakis a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is an evolutionary biologist studying host-microbe interactions using threespine stickleback fish as a model organism. Emily is originally from Upstate New York, but did her graduate work in biology and fisheries in Alaska, where she could study stickleback in their natural environment and take advantage of the outdoor opportunities the state has to offer. Emily is a leader of 500 Women Scientists. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.