Hi! My name is Maggie and I’m a 26-year-old MEM student concentrating in the Ecosystem Science and Conservation track. I’m a born and raised New Yorker, but came down to NC State for my undergraduate degree in Environmental Technology. After graduating, I joined the Peace Corps where I worked as a Natural Resource Management Volunteer in a small, rural village in Ghana, West Africa for two years. When I returned back to the States, I began my graduate coursework here at the Nicholas School and I am so excited to say my first year is done! My passion is tropical ecology and my career aspiration is to work at the community development level, helping to mitigate or ease the tension between wildlife and human conflict in the tropics. In general, I’m an optimistic person who loves wildlife, writing, running, and yoga. I am so excited to be able to share my summer journey in Peru with all of you!
The motor taxi vibrated violently beneath the road, the constant shaking the only thing keeping me awake this morning at 5:30am. But, through the dimly breaking dawn I could still see it in the distance,Continue reading
As I’ve traveled the world, one thing has been glaringly obvious to me: deforestation is threatening our biodiversity. In the US, we are so used to seeing parking lots rather than forest; we no longerContinue reading
It was edging near 2pm and the sun was bright and strong overhead. We were all tired and hungry from not having had lunch yet. Because our original plans were destroyed by an impassable road,Continue reading
There’s something really magical about a humid Amazon forest. Maybe it’s because once you enter one, it’s as if you’ve passed into another world where you are all encompassed in green. The loose, dark soilContinue reading
Its 2:30 in the afternoon, there’s a fresh breeze coming in through the window behind me. Last night’s rain relieved Moyobamba of the oppressive humidity that had been mounting. I sit at a long woodenContinue reading
I leave for Peru tomorrow. The countless hours spent frustrated with ENVI and ArcGIS, the endless flow of grant applications, the unfathomable time spent asking questions – it has all culminated to this point. IContinue reading