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Undergraduate Student

Charles H. Turner

Senior, Wildlife Science

  • Minor: Forestry

Originally from Bentonville, Va., I grew up on a small farm in the shadow of Shenandoah National Park. With some of the best sources of recreation in my backyard, I learned to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors that were presented to me at an early age. With an outdoors background, I was fortunate to develop a passion for the wildlife and scenery in my home town. This influenced me to enroll at Lord Fairfax Community College and begin my education in natural resources.

A short time after beginning my education, I discovered my passion for the field of ornithology. I graduated from Lord Fairfax Community College with an associate and applied sciences degree in natural resources management and a certificate in nature and outdoor photography. Since then I have been intensively working on a number of avian projects and gaining experience in my field. For the past four years I have spent my summers teaching photography for the Canon Photography in the Parks program while traveling throughout the national parks reinforcing my knowledge of our country’s natural resources.

I transferred from Lord Fairfax Community College in 2009 and am now in my senior year at Virginia Tech. While studying at Virginia Tech, I have been fortunate to work in Dr. Jeff Walters’ avian ecology lab assisting Ph.D. students working with threatened and endangered species. This fall I will begin my undergraduate research studying the impacts of silviculture on avian diversity in Southwest Virginia.

My primary goal in the future is to continue to focus on research concerning avian conservation while proceeding as a professor to have an influence on future generations.

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