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Mary Heather Jingco

Mary Heather Jingco

University of Guam

  • Integrative Biology

Born and raised in the Pacific, Heather is interested in returning to the Mariana islands to study their threatened and endangered species. Her long-term goal is to become the forefront of conservation efforts within the Marianas, and with the passion she holds for protecting her island resources, she hopes to inspire other Pacific Islanders to do the same. She envisions the field of conservation to one day reflect the biodiversity found in nature. Just as the ocean waters bridge islands together, she aims to continuously connect with others who feel as strongly as she does, and work to change the field of conservation for the better.

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