Where are you from? I was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and raised in Weston, Florida.
Why did you come to UNF and what is your favorite spot on campus? I came to UNF because I needed to get a bachelor's degree and really liked the biology program. My favorite spot on campus is in front of the biology building. I enjoy it because there are a lot of plants and small birds that like to hang out around there, so I often sit there and watch the birds.
What is your major? Why did you choose that major? My major is ecology and evolutionary biology. I chose it as my major because many other biology tracks were focused on coastal or pre-med things, and that is not what I was looking for.
What are your plans after graduation? I plan to take a year or so off from school to work. I would like to get my master's degree in the near future.
What is your dream job? When I started at UNF, my dream was to be a zookeeper, but I have changed my mind since then. I now work for a lab that focuses on reproductive research and building sustainable global populations of exotic species, and I love it!
How did you get involved with the Environmental Center? Last semester I was between jobs and saw that the Environmental Center was hiring. I am very interested in conservation and ecology, so I figured it would be a great opportunity.
What is your job title and what do you do at the Environmental Center? I am a project leader and my project is building the Citizen Science Program. We currently have three projects that volunteers can do: (1) mammal monitoring, (2) bird monitoring and (3) plant monitoring.
What is your favorite Environmental Center activity? Citizen Science!
What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love to go canoeing and camping with my husband.
What are your hobbies? What clubs and volunteer activities are you involved in? In my spare time, I like to craft. I like to scrapbook and make cards and occasionally try to make things I see on Pinterest. I am the volunteer coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Club and I frequently volunteer at White Oak Conservation Center.
Who is your hero and why? As I have gotten older, I realize that my heroes are my parents. It sounds cheesy, but they did a lot to make sure my sister and I had the things we needed growing up. I never really appreciated how hard they worked until now. I always tell my husband if we ever won the lottery, the first thing we would do is give my parents a heaping pile of cash!
What is the environmental issue you are most interested in? My biggest issue is too much development. People keep building shopping plazas and houses when there are so many half-empty plazas and developments already! I think we should use what we already have instead of plowing over natural areas to build more things.
What makes you passionate about the environment? The thought of future generations not having the beautiful plant life that we have today. I want future generations to be able to go outside and enjoy nature; I don't want them to be surrounded by development. A concrete jungle can never measure up to the real one.
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