Wildlife Ecology in Action
Jill Rennicke

Emma Doden (CS1) has taken the "wildlife" in her degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Stevens Point, very seriously. Last summer she conducted track-count surveys of large carnivores and their prey in Botswana, Africa. Over the winter and spring, she was in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas rocket-netting turkeys and outfitting them with satellite transmitters. This summer she working for the Michigan Predator-Prey Project in the Ottawa National Forest of the Upper Peninsula, Michigan as a summer technician assisting in a variety of surveys and animal capture efforts in order to determine fawn survival, predator diet, and population sizes of both deer and their predators. That project has brought her into contact with fawns, bobcats, a coyote, wolves, and bears, all of which are fitted with a radio-collar to monitor their survival and movements. The position has been an incredible chance to be close to wildlife and to be a part of research informing conservation and management practices. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue a career conserving wildlife and the natural world, a passion that grew immensely during her time at Conserve. "Conserve School," Emma says, "was the initial stepping stone that taught me to get outside of my comfort zone and try to make my own unique impact in environmental stewardship."