A little bit about me...
From the time I was a small child, I have been interested learning about and protecting the natural world. My understanding of conservation grew as I did. Because my father is an ecologist, my family lived in the places he worked, and I lived for a time in
No small child can fully appreciate the complexity of the world and its relationship with people. I most certainly did not. It took a very long time for me to begin to understand the complexity of conservation and the way it is interdependent with development. During my studies, I was introduced to the existence of this relationship in classes, and from an academic point of view I understood its logic. But there is a world of difference between understanding a concept and living in the evidence of its existence. To truly understand the complexity and difficulty of managing the environment and promoting sustainable development I needed to work directly with the communities and organizations that are struggling with these issues.
What I learned in Madagascar
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My project was to work with Marjolein Kamermans to conduct a pilot study assessing the impact of fishing on crayfish populations in the area surrounding the town of
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This was an experience that I could never have gotten another way. There is no better way to get to know a country than by immersing yourself in its culture and its important issues. There is no better way to learn about conservation than to see how it is done and to live an example of its implementation. Go with an open mind ready to give your all, and you will receive so much more than you could ever imagine.