Out into the wilderness!
My name is Janelle Lopez and I am the new intern traveling to Tongass, Alaska to study the shorebirds residing along the Alaskan shores. I am a twenty-three-year-old Puerto Rican who loves the outdoors, drawing, writing and studying wildlife. My long term goal is to become a federal wildlife biologist and study rare and endangered species. It has been my dream to visit Alaska and see its beautiful wildlife and I feel deeply honored that I was chosen for this research and outreach position. The reason why I chose this internship is because during my last semester at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi I was part of a minority program called Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation and conducted a research project studying the breeding behaviors of Royal Tern non-breeders in Corpus Christi Bay. I had a wonderful time studying and collecting data for my project and was able to participate in a poster presentation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to show my research to a panel of judges and other students. When I graduated with a B.S. in Animal Biology, my mentor and professor in Ornithology emailed me the Celebrating Shorebirds internship opportunity and I immediately applied, wanting to go back and experience the thrill of studying shorebirds once again. Not only will I be able to enjoy surveying birds in Alaska, but I will also be reaching out to Latinos and Latinas and encourage them join the biology field.