As an undergraduate at Furman, Dr. Travis Perry interned with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the management of threatened and endangered species. Dr. Perry also participated in study away courses to the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the Galapagos. For his independent study, he examined the effects of deer on forests in the context of an expanding wolf population in the North Woods. These experiences lit a fire that continues to burn. As a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Perry conducted conservation research and survey work for the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Department of Defense, and Bat Conservation International. As a Furman professor, he has continued to work with species of concern in South Carolina and the conservation of vertebrates in the Southwest, adding the Turner Endangered Species Fund, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the San Carlos Apache Reservation to his list of collaborators. Dr. Perry thrives on engaged teaching, giving students first-hand experience in the subject matter. He believes that these are the academic experiences, more than any others, that change lives. He has introduced students to the wilderness of New Mexico, the South African bush, the tropical forests of Costa Rica, and the natural environments of South Carolina. Dr. Perry feels his greatest professional achievement as an educator has been the design and implementation of Furman's Wild Semester.