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M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2022

B.S., Marine Biology, minor in Marine Affairs, University of New Haven, 2021

Current Position:
Science Tutor, Essex County College

What were you doing before entering the M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
Before entering the MAPP program, I was completing my bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology with a minor in Marine Affairs at the University of New Haven. For my senior thesis, I conducted a behavioral study observing the effects of visitor presence on the behavior and welfare of harbor seals at the Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT. I also volunteered at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Pennsylvania, where I assisted with food preparation for various animals and educated visitors on the importance of conservation.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
Throughout my years in academia and volunteering, I have developed an interest in animal welfare and behavior. I am interested in finding ways to improve animal welfare by analyzing and understanding the roles of animals in the community and their interactions with humans. The MAPP program encompasses my interests in animal welfare and behavior and integrates policy, which I am excited to learn more about! Lastly, the program has a lot to offer to its students, as there are different paths students can choose to take while in this program, which I think is great!

Interests in and experience with animals
Since I was young, I have always had an interest in marine mammals. I have conducted two behavioral studies where I observed the effects of visitor presence on the behavior and welfare of harbor seals and North American river otters. In addition, I volunteered at the Lehigh Valley Zoo, working specifically with the giraffes and lorikeets.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP?
While enrolled in the MAPP program, I want to focus on improving animal welfare on animals in captivity through policy. I am interested in learning more about policy-making, understanding how policy impacts humans and animals, and how effective policy is on the environment. I was drawn to this because animals deserve to be healthy and treated well.

What are your career goals?
My career goal is to focus on improving animal welfare by enhancing relationships between humans and animals. In addition, I want to be a voice for animals to promote the importance of animal welfare and conservation. I would like to work for an organization that focuses on animal welfare and conservation for marine and/or land mammals.

What are your outside interests?
I love going to the beach, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family!

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