Jennifer has always been fascinated by animals and has long held an interest in African animals. Her interest in wildlife led her to a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Idaho in Wildlife Resources where she participated in a study of perceived risk in pygmy rabbits. She then combined her interests in wildlife with travel and adventure by joining research teams around the US studying Piping Plovers, Least Terns, Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs, and Attwater’s Prairie Chickens. She gained opportunities to travel abroad by serving two stints in the Peace Corps- as an Environment Volunteer in Madagascar (2011-2013) and as an Agriculture Extension Agent in Senegal from 2016-2018 where she fell in love with the more relaxed pace of life and culture of francophone Africa. The love of travel and adventure and the desire to see elephants in the wild drew Jennifer to the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology for her Master’s degree. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys hiking, drawing, reading, baking, and volunteering.
Hirschler, I. M., Gedert, J.L., Majors, J., Townsend, T. and Hoogland, J. L. 2016. What is the best way to estimate vigilance? A comparison of two methods for Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni). Animal Behaviour 121: 117-122.