My name is Celine Carneiro and I’m a 4th year student at the University of Florida studying wildlife ecology and conservation with a special interest in conservation genetics. I’m from Kissimmee, FL and spend my free time reading or going outside. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and going to Africa has been at the top of my list of countries to visit since I was young. I’m unbelievably excited to see the culture and wildlife with the additional motive of conducting research!
Nicole Jennings is a 4th year wildlife ecology and conservation student at the University of Florida. Her interests are mainly in the conservation of imperiled species and their habitats. She hopes to eventually work as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to attain her goal of working with threatened and endangered species across the United States. Some of her hobbies outside of school include photography, horseback riding, camping, hiking, and obsessively adopting animals. Nicole is most excited about going to Swaziland to learn about the various species and landscapes of the area, as well as to appreciate the cultural diversity and the people there.
Alison Ke is a 3rd year undergraduate at UC Berkeley from Philadelphia, PA. She studies forestry and statistics, with a minor in sustainable design. The focuses of her research are the ecology of the bearded pig (Sus barbatus) and potential strategies for mapping the distributions of cryptic, understudied, or rare species. In Swaziland, she is most excited to learn about African biota while applying her statistics and GIS background to wildlife ecology and conservation. When she is not mapping bearded pig locations, you may find her backpacking, playing tennis, volunteering at the animal shelter, drawing, or eating.
Michael LaScaleia is currently a sophomore studying biology and environmental science at Tufts University, originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts. Most of his interest in these fields surrounds plant science and conservation biology. He currently works at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston studying the seasonality of leaf defenses in dogwood trees under Dr. Chase Mason. Michael's interest in these studies comes from years spent camping and hiking in New England. Throughout his college career, Michael hopes to develop a wide understanding of many different types of ecosystems all over the globe and promote environmental stewardship.
Annie Loggins is a M.S. student in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida studying how changes in savanna vegetation due to elephants and shrub encroachment are affecting small mammal communities. After graduating from Stanford University in 2011, she traveled the world and conducted research on mammals in Peru, squirrels in Canada, marsupials in Australia, and lemurs in Madagascar. Her hobbies include hiking, birdwatching, snorkeling, diving, singing, ballroom dancing, improvisational theatre, ukuleles, and cooking. She is very excited to start research in an amazing ecosystem with diverse wildlife and people, and to put her Zulu lessons to good use.