Traveler Bio

Hej hej (Hello)! My name is Darby Finnegan. I am 23 years old, and I grew up in Grangeville, Idaho. As a kid, I loved spending time in and around the water near my home, but I also knew that there was an entire world of rivers and coastlines to explore. I wanted to find a career where I could get paid to play in the water all over the world!

For college, I went to Western Washington University to get a degree in marine biology. I studied fish bones and eelgrass meadow habitat. My research took me all over the country, from glaciers in Alaska to marshes in North Carolina! It was during this time that I discovered my passion for fish and how they move. Have you ever watched a fish swim in an aquarium and wondered how they do it? I did, and I knew I wanted to be one of the people who tried to figure it out.

In order to pursue this interest further, I applied for and was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant in Stockholm, Sweden, where I studied the way fish movements change as they grow from babies to juveniles. While living in Sweden, I also explored throughout the country, participated in cultural events, and became friends with folks from all over Europe. Let's re-visit those experiences together!