B.A., Biology, Bates College, 2016
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2018
Visitor Educator, New England Aquarium
Animal Care Specialist, City of Boston Animal Care and Control
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
After graduating in May 2016, I started as a research animal specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I took care of the lab animals involved in medical research. After being accepted into MAPP, I resigned from Mass Gen and completed a summer internship in visitor education at the New England Aquarium, where I had the opportunity to educate visitors about the ocean, its inhabitants, and climate change.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I hadn’t seriously considered going to grad school until I read about MAPP! The curriculum looked like a blend of all of my animal-related interests, including animal care, scientific education, and animal advocacy.
Interests in and experience with animals:
I grew up helping to take care of my family’s dogs and cats (most notably as the de facto tick remover). I also inherited a passion for home aquariums from my grandfather. My first professional experience with animals came when I became involved with Animal Embassy, an exotic pet rescue center that provides educational outreach. After 6 years at Animal Embassy, I completed animal care internships at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. I also took a course in captive raptor (bird of prey) management at Cornell University. As a result, I have experience with everything from big cats, marine mammals, and birds of prey to alligators, monitor lizards, and sharks. I also did my senior thesis on bumblebee cognition!