Connor Downing, a 2016 Vision Fellow, graduated in 2016 from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry at Lehigh University. As part of the MVironment Club at the high school, Connor worked on a project to create a science-based outreach program for elementary school children. Connor has been a varsity tennis player since his freshman year. He is a tennis instructor at Vineyard Youth Tennis. Connor plays violin with local orchestral groups and the All Cape Orchestra. During summer 2016, Connor worked under the mentorship of Douglas Cooper, principal earth scientist, and Carla Cooper, senior biologist, of Cooper Environmental Services, LLC, where he received guidance and experience in environmental field survey, data gathering, record-keeping and report preparation, all of which are essential to any scientific endeavor.