I have always loved the outdoors and have a strong passion for nature. With the impacts of global climate change and human activities on the planet’s species and ecosystems, I found it my moral duty to fight for nature for the sake of nature. With that as one of my life goals, I decided to major in conservation biology at St. Lawrence University. I transferred to SLU after traveling in Mongolia and Tanzania, and after studying in the Netherlands for a semester.
My passion for marine biology and coral reef ecology was strengthened from all the time spent on the Great Barrier Reef while studying abroad in Australia. As a senior, I am working on an independent honors research project: Estimating density and habitat preference of North American Porcupines with my research advisor, Erika Barthelmess.
The summer before my senior year I traveled to San Salvador, Bahamas with two fellow students and biology professor Brad Baldwin to rehabilitate coral reefs surrounding the island. Also during the summer I was selected as Summer Student Fellow at the renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic institute to work on a risk model for North Atlantic right whales getting trapped in lobster fishing gear.
As my undergraduate degree comes to an end I picture myself joining the Peace Corps in costal resource management. I also have a strong desire to return to Africa to assist in wildlife research and conservation issues. After all this, I plan to attend graduate school with a stronger focus in conservation biology.