Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ali earned a B.S. in wildlife conservation from Virginia Tech and is currently working on a second B.S. degree in forest resource management. Ali has always been fascinated by and passionate about the environment and the creatures that live within it, so it was only natural for her to pursue a career in the field of wildlife conservation. Her main interests include wildlife habitat management, conservation education, and the effects of human activity on habitat health.
Ali’s Interest in human impact on the environment was sparked when she went on a study abroad trip to Panama in the winter of 2015. The experience allowed her to see the extreme difference in values of people living in the city versus those living on farms surrounded by forests and wildlife. It also taught her about the impacts that these values have on the environment. This interest began to grow stronger after Ali took Dr. Dayer’s Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation course. Ali joined the Dayer lab in the fall of 2017 to learn more about human dimensions research and explore options within the field.