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Clara Dell

Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2021

B.A., Anthropology and Environment, McGill University, 2013

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
Working at an animal hospital with cats and dogs and volunteering at a nature museum working on turtle conservation.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I have always hoped to study animals academically and the public policy component drew me in as a means to both improve the lives of animals and help people to understand them better.

Interests in and experience with animals:
I have held several positions focused on primate research, both monitoring behavior and collecting non-invasive samples. I have also volunteered for several years at the nature museum in Chicago working with amphibians and reptiles. I am currently employed at an animal hospital that works solely with cats and dogs.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP?
What drew you to this area? I am very interested in wildlife and conservation research. I would like to examine the relationship between climate change and animal behavior and the role of conservation.

What are your career goals?
I would love to work with Fish and Wildlife Services or an AZA institution.

What are your outside interests?
Singing, reading, outdoor activities

Number of pets? What type?
None currently

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