In 2009, I moved from my hometown of Sterlington, Louisiana to the city of Ruston
to attend Louisiana Tech University in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Biology.
Upon graduating from my bachelor's, I immediately joined the graduate program in
Molecular Science and Nanotechnology. Over the course of my time at Tech,
I've met many people and made many friends. I've bonded with members of the
faculty and staff here in the department of Applied and Natural Sciences and
have grown used to seeing them every day as I worked towards achieving my goals.
I intend to graduate by the end of the year, but it feels bittersweet as Tech has been
my home since I first began in 2009. However, I am hopeful for the future due to
the mentorship I've received from Dr. Rebecca Giorno and the support from everyone
in the school of Biological Sciences. After graduating with my M.S. in Science, I intend to
move to Seattle, Washington and begin work in the industry side of Biological science.
In time, I may apply for the PhD program at University of Washington at Seattle.
I am from Alexandria, Louisiana. I graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a BS in Forestry (Wildlife Habitat Management concentration) in 2014. Upon graduation, I spent time working as a technician for a deer study being conducted by the University of Georgia. While aiding in deer capture at the Tensas Wildlife Refuge, my interest in black bears was sparked by the constant sightings of the species. I then worked on a seasonal Louisiana black bear study conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) collecting hair samples for individual identification, as well as the trapping and instrumentation of GPS and VHF collars to monitor survival and home range of these black bears. Currently, I am pursuing a MS in Biology at Louisiana Tech University under the direction of Dr. Heidi Adams. My thesis research—which is a collaborative study between Louisiana Tech University and LDWF—focuses on how the surrounding landscape and silvicultural techniques influence natal den site selection among female Louisiana black bears. After graduation, I want to work as a wildlife biologist with LDWF.