B.A., Biology-Zoology, Sonoma State University, 2015
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2018
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
Prior to my enrollment in the MAPP program I was a biological field technician for US Geological Surveys. I was stationed in northern Nevada as part of a research project analyzing the effects that ranchers and other structural developments have on the Sage Grouse populations in the Great Basin region. In addition to expanding on my research skills, this position allowed me to explore life on a ranch and exposed me to the conflicts of ranching methods that I would have otherwise never experienced.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I have always had a strong passion for animal welfare but have had a hard time determining how I would like to pursue my passions. When reading about the MAPP program, I knew that this would be a place that would give me the knowledge and guidance to successfully shape my career path. In addition, I was very intrigued by the small size of the program and the wide span of careers that this program helps develop.
Interests in and experience with animals
I received my undergraduate degree in Zoology. Throughout college I was involved in numerous research projects that allowed me to explore the different aspects of research in the field. After I graduated I continued to pursue a career in wildlife biology by interning with NPS as a wildlife technician. However, more recently my interests have shifted more toward being able to implement policies and programs that can directly benefit wildlife. In addition, I spent some time working at an animal shelter that allowed me to explore working with animals in a different setting and helped furnish the idea of working with rehabilitating wildlife.