Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2020
B.A., Wildlife Biology, SUNY Empire State College, 2018
• Research Assistant for the Center for the Study of Pinniped Ecology and Cognition (C-SPEC)
• Receptionist for Gobare Aesthetic Studio
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
I have been working with C-SPEC since October 2018, studying behavior and adaptation among seals and sea lions in human care. I also recently moved back to Massachusetts after being gone for more than 10 years, so I have been spending a lot of my time with my family. I work part-time at my sister’s spa in Worcester.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
When I was selecting a major for my Bachelors, I had difficulty deciding if I wanted to focus more on biology or conservation. The aspects of MAPP tie in what interested me in conservation and I think will pair really well with my studies in Wildlife Biology. I was also very intrigued by the opportunities that may present themselves upon completing this program.
Interests in and experience with animals
I grew up with all types of animals. We always had cats, dogs, rabbits, fish, etc. I grew up riding horses and spending summers on my uncle’s farm. I have basically always had at least one pet. For most of my childhood I wanted to be a veterinarian, but as I got older I became more interested in aiding wildlife. During my undergraduate studies I spent a semester studying the behavior of squirrels, which I really enjoyed. I have also been studying seals and sea lions for almost a year now.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
My background is on the biological side of animals and conservation. I am eager to learn more about the political side and about the factors that influence political decisions in the realm of conservation and animal rights.
What are your career goals?
I really enjoy field research and would like to work for a state organization or research group surveying wildlife. I also would like to be able to effectively communicate the relations between urbanization and wildlife to civilians in hope to increase understanding and inform the public.
What are your outside interests?
Outside of school and work, I like to hike and paddle board. I’m an artist and in my free time I enjoy painting, although the free time is hard to find. I also really enjoy horseback riding and taking my dog, Ripley, on adventures.
Number of pets? What?
I have 3 pets; a dog and two cats. Ripley is a 6-year-old female Siberian Husky. My two cats are named Savannah (who is a boy) and Josie.