Joe is currently a junior at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and is majoring in Biology with a Marine concentration. He is from Plano, Texas and has been SCUBA certified since he was 12 years old. He has been with the Harte Research Institute since fall of 2019 as a Student Research Assistant in the Fisheries and Ocean Health lab. In the lab he has gained experience in larval fish identification, sample sorting, and toxicology studies, and he continues to learn more. He is planning to get his M.S. and Ph.D. after he finishes his undergraduate studies.