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Gray seals at Cape Cod: Looking at all sides while working with the Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Externship Experience (MAPP)

July-August 2019

Examining Stakeholder Perceptions of Conversations Surrounding Human-Seal-Shark Overlap in the Northwest Atlantic Region Click link for Externship Presentation
Q&A with Nathan Click link for Q&A with Nathan
The Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium, Cape Cod, MA
Nathan Alexander

Nathan Alexander, MAPP ’18-’19 is here with about 300 gray seals in the background. He is working with the Cape Cod National Seashore during his externship with the The Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium at Cape Cod, MA.

This summer with the Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium, I was embedded in conversations surrounding gray seal population recovery. My time was spent deepening my understanding by exploring various sides of the issues. I interviewed stakeholders to create a report, which will help move conversations forward, participated in public outreach and created a database for relevant science.
MAPP enhanced my scientific comprehension and my ability to understand various perspectives within an issue. It gave me necessary skills for conducting interviews, which allowed people to comfortably share their views.
Through my externship, I learned how many ways there are to view a topic. People’s opinions are deeply rooted, which makes navigating an issue difficult. Maintaining communication between groups is vital for creating solutions. This lesson will help me recognize where opinions stem from, which will enable me to work between, and within, groups for the benefit of animals.

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Nathan Alexander answering questions with Dr. Allen Rutberg at the MS in Animals and Public Policy Student Externship and Research Poster Presentations

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