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 July 28, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Li-Dunn

Introducing New Volunteer, Li-Dunn!

My name is Li-Dunn, and I am so very excited to be taking part in the MBP through the OHDZA. I recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha where I studied Psychology (Neuroscience and Behavior) as well as Environmental Science. I am thrilled to be getting the opportunity to gain valuable field experience in an area of the world with such a rich, ongoing history of biodiversity.  The classes I enjoyed most throughout my undergrad involved animal behavior. I have worked to help develop and conduct research revolving around human and dog hormonal synchronization and have examined the behavior of the echidna, giraffes, and black bears at the Omaha zoo through the use of ethograms.

Following Madagascar, I will apply for graduate school in a field related to behavioral ecology. My dream is to conduct and produce valuable research to inform conservation planning for species that are rare, underrepresented, and endangered. I sincerely hope that this volunteer opportunity will provide me with the necessary insight to determine if Madagascar is the right place for my research interests and future career path. I believe it will be.