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My name is Hayley Benson, and I received my BS in Biodiversity & Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland. I discovered my interest in Conservation Medicine during my semester abroad in Tanzania where I conducted a research project to determine local knowledge and attitudes of common zoonotic diseases. After graduating in 2018, I worked at the Maryland Zoo where I coordinated several conservation research programs, including avian malaria in African penguins and on chytrid fungus in Panamanian golden frogs. Realizing that I missed field research, I decided to spend four months this past winter working as a research assistant with sea turtles and primates on the African island of Bioko before applying to the MCM program. After this program I hope to continue working on conservation research internationally with a focus on wildlife health. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy camping, traveling, and fostering kittens for my local shelter!