Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2017
Marine Biology & Environmental Science, Roger Williams University, 2016
What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
Completing bachelor degrees as well as an internship at the New England Aquarium as a Giant Ocean Tank dive intern.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
The emphasis on education of the public in terms of the importance as well as tribulations of human-animal interaction.
Interests in and experience with animals:
I have always had pets including hermit crabs, gerbils, sugar gliders, and dogs. I worked at a dog kennel and day care facility for four years, as well as working at Roger Williams Wet Lab caring for marine invertebrates, and finally caring for the diverse marine ecosystem of the Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquarium.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
Learning to speak confidently, effectively, and convincingly to the public about scientific issues because I feel bridging the gap between the science community and general public is key to pursuing environmental conservation and preservation.
What are your career goals?
While this goal is still being defined, I hope to work for a governmental or non-profit organization that helps to bring awareness and environmental education to the public about local environmental issues and encourage the public to defend their environment.
What are your outside interests?
Scuba Diving, Swimming, hiking
Number of pets? What?
I have one cairn terrier named Molly. I am an avid animal lover, caring for gerbils, fish, hermit crabs, sugar gliders, and dogs throughout my life.
MS in Animals and Public Policy
The MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) is an intensive, 12-to-16-month graduate degree program that focuses on human-animal relationships and their implications for policy and community action.
Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) is to conduct and encourage scholarly evaluation and understanding of the complex societal issues and public policy dimensions of the changing role and impact of animals in society. Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked, and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.