I obtained my Bachelor of Science Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Biology at Georgetown University (graduation May: 2013). Throughout college, I obtained hands-on experience working in Dr. Gina Wimp's salt marsh invertebrate lab and interning during summers for NJDEP's Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center in Barnegat Bay, NJ. I also explored how environmental and ecological research transferred to policy decisions and economic platforms. I did this by interning at the United States Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes Section and serving as a board member of Georgetown Energy, a student-run non-profit devoted to finding financially appealing renewable energy programs and funding their application on Georgetown's Campus, Georgetown's neighborhood, and abroad.
After graduating from college, I spent three years moving around the world working for different field research projects. I spent time in Western Australia, working for the Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project. I also worked for the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Project in Southern New Jersey, the Meadowlands Commission's Migratory Bird Banding Center in Northern New Jersey, Archbold Biological Station in Florida, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Working for these different projects helped me to better understand what types of questions in ecology I am interested in and the types of species and ecosystems I would like to work with. My findings: I am most fascinated by bird demography and behavior in response to anthropogenic factors such as global climate change.
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