Through my research experiences and coursework while studying biology at Skidmore, I became interested in avian conservation and animal behavior. One of the projects I worked on post-graduation was a study of Bachman’s Sparrow reproductive ecology. This study confirmed my desire to pursue a career in avian research and conservation. I was also a wildlife rehab intern at Center For Wildlife of York, Maine, where I learned a lot about animal behavior, handling, and education and outreach efforts. I hope to further develop those skills. I am excited to work with and learn more about a wider variety of avian species while applying and building upon my knowledge of animal behavior and helping to educate visitors at the FKWBC Sanctuary.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Ecology & Evolution and Economics. Over the past few years, I’ve participated in several internships, including penguin husbandry at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, aquarium and reptile husbandry at the Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh, PA), and sea turtle conservation at Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, FL). This past summer I worked with the sea turtle program at Mote Marine Laboratory for a second season as a seasonal biological technician. I participated in morning nesting surveys and monitoring. All of these experiences have confirmed my passion for wildlife conservation, and I plan to pursue a career in coastal conservation. I’m excited to now join the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center team as a hospital intern and learn to apply my wildlife skills to bird rescue and rehabilitation!
For as long as I can remember, my career goals revolved around wildlife in some manner, but I did not have any specific ideas mind for what I actually wanted to do. My academic coursework focused on Wildlife Biology and Conservation at Ball State University in Indiana sparked my interest in birds, but it wasn’t until spending my summer at OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, a raptor rehabilitation center in British Columbia, Canada, that I discovered my love for avian rehabilitation. That experience ignited my desire to continue working with and learning about birds. I am really looking forward to spending my time at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, broadening my knowledge about a wider variety of avian species and learning about the many different aspects of avian rehabilitation.