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Undergraduate Student

Lisa Trapp

Senior, Wildlife Science

  • Minor: Biology, and Leadership and Social Change

When I was little I told my mother that someday I was going to help educate others about animals. Although my agenda has changed some since then, my passion for animals and wildlife has remained the same. Growing up I took every opportunity I could to work with animals, and in my junior year of high school I volunteered at the Norfolk Zoo, where I worked with African hoofstock, primates, and nocturnal animals until I graduated. Helping out with a diversity of animals at the zoo only solidified my desire to work with animals, and after extensive research, Virginia Tech seemed the best choice for me.

I enrolled right away into the College of Natural Resources and Environment and the Residential Leadership Community on campus. Every summer after I started at college I made sure to be involved in something wildlife related. My first summer I worked at a wildlife refuge in Virginia Beach and spent the majority of my time helping raise baby raccoons and caring for a severely injured robin nestling. The next summer I worked as a biological technician at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where I managed invasive marsh species, participated in bird surveys, and rode the beach for sea turtle crawls. I spent two weeks over the winter break of my junior year studying abroad in Antarctica and Ushuaia, Argentina. While there I studied the importance of tourism on the ecosystem and had some incredible up-close-and-personal experiences with a land witnessed by very few people. I am currently an active member of the Hopkins ecotoxicology and physiology lab on campus, working on my own research project looking at tree swallow personality.

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