Author: Melanie Torres, PhD candidate studying amphibians
"I want to learn the skills to effectively communicate both my research and how amazing amphibians are to even the greatest skeptic. With the right skill set, I hope to instill a sense of fascination and inspiration to help our semi-aquatic friends to as many people as possible."
So, you might ask yourself, how does one become a scientist? For me, it started with my passion and curiosity for our world's creatures. I have always loved animals, and I sought a career path where I could work with them. I graduated with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Shortly after, I signed onto a project surveying frogs and salamanders in north-central Pennsylvanian State Forests. Growing up, I loved catching all sorts of amphibians, so I found such fulfillment getting paid to do my favorite childhood activity! During my time on this project, a paper was published, titled "Trends in Amphibian Occupancy in the United States", that opened my eyes to the plight of amphibians globally. Here it is if you want to check it out.
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