I graduated from Connecticut College in May 2014 with a BA in Environmental Science, and a minor in English Literature. I have a strong passion for wildlife conservation, animal behavior and ecological preservation, and I am currently studying the intersection between human-wildlife interactions through the lens of animal behavior, with the aim of establishing more effective, non-invasive conservation methodology.
My current project focuses on the impacts of the whale-watching industry in Panama and the physiological stress impacts it has on the humpback whales of the region, as well as the socioeconomic impacts for the local community. The industry has experienced increased growth and popularity in the region, although the current regulation enforcement is severely lacking. It is the hope that through this research we can strengthen the marine Conservation Management Plan developed by the authorities of Panama, as well as other nearby whale-watching destinations