As a new student to the graduate program, I am still trying to figure out where my research will take me. I come from a liberal arts background (BA English), but I have chosen to pursue a Masters of Forestry degree in hopes that I will be able make some change in the world. I have an interest in the interconnections of human population, mass agriculture, and forest utilization; and how these factors work together and against each other. As it stands right now, my research will be in the broad category where forestry and agriculture intersect. My thinking is that much damage has been done in the name of agriculture (field clearing, soil erosion). I believe there is a better way to utilize land for both the benefit of agriculture and forest management.