Dace Mahanay graduated from Angelo State University in 2007, with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. From 2007-2009 he served as a science education volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa. During his service, he taught chemistry and integrated science to students in a remote secondary school. He was also the project manager for a youth environmental club. Dace is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. His main concentration is national security affairs with an emphasis on diplomacy. American diplomacy in Southeast Asia and Africa, and the burgeoning importance of both regions in terms of international security is of particular concern. He is also interested in conservation biology and the prevention of natural resource exploitation and mismanagement.