Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology
B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology, West Virginia University
Cultural Anthropology; International Development
Connections between people and their environments; conservation through and with local cultures and peoples.
After a lifetime of loving animals, I was finally able to move directly towards my dreams when I entered college and began studying anthropology. During my three and a half years of undergrad, I traveled to Costa Rica for a primate behavior and ecology field school; spent three months in Belize raising orphaned and confiscated howler and spider monkeys, as well as a baby margay; volunteered at my local animal shelter; and served as a teaching assistant for a physical anthropology course where I taught a full-length class on primate conservation. During this time my passion for conservation and animals began to meld with my growing interests in anthropology and humans. It was through this combination of interests that I found CSU as well as my research interests in community-based conservation efforts.