Please help me get to Costa Rica with ESF!
Upon entering my sophomore year, I began preliminary research that focused on the pileated woodpecker, a keystone species whose conservation is essential to the function of its ecosystem. This experience introduced me to the world of research, where I could actively help protect the natural environment.
Through completing this preliminary research and my current research, an investigation of how urbanization impacts woodpeckers and their habitats, I learned that I favor the structured independence that comes with doing field work. Together these experiences revealed a more complete image of what science is, and through my work I am more confident that I can make even more of a contribution to science.
I want to go to Costa Rica to broaden my horizons, and in addition to conducting research and service projects, I am hoping to do what I love on a global scale-my two passions, birding and photography.