M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Externship Experience (MAPP)
The Sound of Saving a Species
As a research intern at Ocean Alliance, I was involved in numerous projects to help save whales and their ocean environment. My main focus was working with Ocean Alliance’s incredible archives of whale songs and vocalizations. I developed an inventory of the tapes after assessing the biodiversity, condition, date, and location of the recordings. Using the vast inventory, I wrote narratives for the Recording at Risks grant application to fund digitization of the tapes. I scouted and conducted meetings with media preservationists to digitize the tapes for future research.
From seamanship to data collection and organization methods, Ocean Alliance provided many unique learning opportunities both on land and at sea. I joined the Ocean Alliance team on several exciting adventures on Cachalot, assisting in photogrammetry projects. I enjoyed identifying the whales returning to the Gulf of Maine.
The MAPP program fostered my success at Ocean Alliance. My professors gave me the tools to gather and analyze information in a meaningful way. These skills will allow me to inspire policy changes for animals and the environment.