Author: Maggie Ernest

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!