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Maekayla Emerson

Maekayla Emerson

University of Florida

  • Natural Resource Conservation

Hi, I am Maekayla Emerson and I am a student studying Natural Resource Conservation and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Florida. I have had a love for animals and nature ever since I was little, and I knew that once I reached college grades, I would major in the appropriate fields such as this. I enjoy spending time in natural sites and having the chance to experience mother nature at her finest. My goal in life is to sustain a career in wildlife biology where I can observe animals, large mammals in particular, in their natural environments and study the impact they have on their own species, along with other species, its habitat, and on humans. While I understand this will be quite the challenge, I stand firm in my belief that I can reach my goals and inspire other minorities that dreams can come true.

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The Conservation Scholars Fund directly supports students who are pursuing a career in conservation through the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington. Effective conservation strategies are inclusive, involving a diversity of stakeholders and incorporating multiple values. Yet, the conservation community does not reflect the collective voice of our country. Without a significant, serious and immediate increase in diversity and inclusion, the conservation community will become a movement of the past instead of a guiding principle of the future. Our program aims to change that.