Dakoeta recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Business Management. He is now attending Utah State University pursuing his Master’s degree in Environment & Society under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Klain. Some of the work and research he has conducted involves the habitat preferences of small mammals on an urbanized campus, restoring seagrass populations in estuarine habitats, monitoring the movement and health of Eastern Diamondback Rattle snakes and the endangered Eastern Indigo, environmental assessment, etc. Through the combined training of environmental studies and the minor in business management he became more interested in the interactions and relationships people have with each other and with the environment which led him to the Environment & Society program at Utah State University. His current work is reviewing different designs, techniques, and practices of maintaining and building utility scale solar energy systems that reduce their impact on the environment. This includes co-location systems, water reduction methods, location preferences, co-benefit systems where both the technology and biodiversity have a chance to benefit from each other, etc.