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Undergraduate Student

Juan Botero

Senior, Wildlife Science


I was born in Bogota, Colombia, and came to the U.S. when I was 7 years old. Here, I lived in Florida and Maryland before landing in Blacksburg. My childhood involved many changes of scenery, but everywhere I went I gained greater appreciation for the outdoors. I have the fortune to have lived and experienced many environments, which has only fed my hunger to see and experience more.

Ever since enrolling in the Global Ecology Studies Program in my high school, I have known my future was in a science field, so as a freshman at Virginia Tech I decided to major in biology. After my first semester there was no doubt in my mind that I had to switch over to the College of Natural Resources and Environment since my interests were in ecology and animals in the wild. I was fortunate enough to meet many seniors and juniors who made me realize that the wildlife science curriculum was the best for me.

Since then, I have been involved with the student chapter of the Wildlife Society and have thoroughly enjoyed each of my classes. In the summer of 2012 I had the privilege of working with Dr. Bill Hopkins on the Kingston Ash project in Tennessee and have since been an undergraduate assistant in his lab. In the future I hope to be involved with major research to get my master’s and doctorate in wildlife science.

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