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Matthew Wallace '06

Senior Associate, Project Performance Corp., McLean, Va.

Wallace was one of W&L’s first graduates to earn an environmental studies major. The Roanoke native now works for Project Performance Corp., which develops technology and strategic solutions for environmental issues, such as hazardous waste management, water pollution reduction and radiation protection. Among his projects at PPC, Wallace has continued working on research he began during his senior year, tracking fish kills and examining the causes of intersex in fish across the nation. “Loss of species in an ecosystem really devalues the area,” said Wallace, who first became interested in biodiversity while taking a biology course with Prof. Lawrence Hurd. “The consequences of a decrease in diversity of species can potentially affect our own lives in a lot of ways, which is something many people don’t [realize] or overlook.”