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Sofany Montoya, MCM’18

Our next MCM’18 student is Sofany Montoya, “My name is Sofany Montoya but everyone calls me Sofy. I was born and raised in Miami, FL, home to the Everglades, which means wildlife and environmental conservation has been part of my entire life. I graduated from Cornell University where I double majored in Animal Science and Environmental Science and Sustainability, with a concentration in environmental biology and ecology. While there, I completed an honors research thesis that surveyed the prevalence of a specific cat lungworm antibody in feline sera from New England. My interest in conservation has allowed me the opportunity to work in various animal and environmental science related fields including veterinary assistant, resource management, parasitology, zoo animal care, Giant panda behavior and recently as a marine science educator for the Upward Bound Math Science program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. I have always wanted to work as a wildlife veterinarian however; my experiences have increased my passion for wildlife conservation.  The MCM program appealed to me because it uniquely combines different disciplines that affect global conservation efforts, perfect for me because it merges all my interests. After the program, I intend to address conservation issues by using ecological research to develop species recovery programs. When I am not focused on saving the world, I enjoy traveling, photography, cooking, dancing, reading, learning languages, and cuddling with my three dogs, Pieu, Sahara, Leeloo.”