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Catherine Cummings

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Externship Experience
May-August 2021
Human Dimensions of Rebounding Populations of Seals and White Sharks on Cape Cod, MA
Catherine Cummings

This summer I worked with Dr. Jennifer Jackman on her multi-institutional and organizational research study titled “Human Dimension of Rebounding Populations of Seals and White Sharks on Cape Cod, MA” as a graduate research assistant. I assisted specifically with the commercial fishermen portion of the study where I learned how to distribute surveys, manage data, and correspond with fishermen. While managing one portion of the study, I assisted with the other areas including the voter and tourist surveys. I am unable to pinpoint a specific class which helped me excel at my externship—I think all the classes gave me aspects which helped me succeed. As for my future, I can say with great pleasure that I am pursuing a PhD degree in Wildlife Sciences and Public Policy at Auburn University, and the experiences I gained from MAPP have helped provide me with the tools to be successful!

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