Major - Environmental Studies: Biology/Ecology Track
I have been working in various capacities with the Ecology of Bird Loss project, a joint initiative between the University of Washington and University of Guam funded by the NSF and USDA since graduation from WashU EnSt - Biolog/Ecology in 2009.
I am a PhD candidate in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. I am doing research on the Ecology of a rare mangrove in Central America. My undergraduate research with Professor Tiffany Knight prepared me for graduate school and earn a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. My senior thesis was just published in the journal Ecology. The Environmental Studies major provided me with excellent training in both natural sciences and the environmental issues I encounter while traveling to my research sites.
As an environmental studies major, I was able to take advantage of both the Environmental Law Clinic and Ecological research in Professor Tiffany Knight's lab at Tyson Research Center. These experiences allowed me to not only decide whether to pursue law school or graduate school, but also set me up to face post-graduate studies with a truly interdisciplinary perspective. I am now a third year graduate student in Ecology at the University of California-Davis, supported by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.