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After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2019, I spent my summer on an organic farm on the big island of Hawai’i, where I researched native arthropods and monk seals. I then returned to Vermont, working as a stable hand and bird rescue transporter, among other odd jobs. Upon completing my bachelor’s degree, I realized I wanted something like the MCM program to reconcile my two passions of veterinary medicine and conservation biology. Among my interests are the spread of zoonotic disease amongst endemic island species, as well as the effects of biomagnification on of marine animal health. Therefore, my next step after the MCM program would likely be a DVM for equine or wildlife medicine or a Ph.D. in marine biology or island ecology. In my free time, you’ll find me riding horses, sailing, SCUBA diving, hiking, running, or doing yoga or meditation. And although I currently don’t have any animals of my own (subject to change!), my family has two cats, Ringo and Pearl.