About Me


Emma obtained her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Honors Scholar at Vanderbilt University. Internships in wildlife rehabilitation, speciation genetics, viral genomics, and population ecology inspired her dedication to species conservation.  As she graduated in December 2012, she has spent the past four months in Chiapas, Mexico, reintroducing the scarlet macaw to the rainforests of Palenque. This summer she will be interning for the Alliance for Zero Extinction in the offices of American Bird Conservancy.

In August, she departs on a year-long circumnavigation of the globe, visiting wildlife conservation projects in biodiversity hotspots as Vanderbilt University’s Keegan Travelling Fellow. Meanwhile, she is deferring her admittance to Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she hopes to specialize in wildlife/exotic medicine. She shall be submitting her application to Cornell’s dual DVM-PhD program this fall, as she hopes to study a wildlife health issue of major conservation interest such as White-Nose Syndrome.  One day, she would love to investigate and advocate conservation approaches through a program such as the WWF’S Conservation Science Program.

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