Shannon Westlake, a student in GMC’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies program, has accepted a Ph.D. Fellowship through Mississippi State University in Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife. In this position she will support ongoing studies, including one funded by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and concurrently develop her own research into the human dimensions of wildlife and environmental conservation. This fellowship will allow her to continue the work she started at GMC for her master’s thesis project, aptly named Project Pollinator. This project focused on connecting citizens and the environment by increasing awareness of the link between pollinator species and healthy food sources. The project fostered collaboration between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, non-profit organizations, and local citizens within an urban community in order to build awareness and encourage involvement for pollinator conservation. Instructors Teresa Coker and Dianna Gielstra have guided Shannon in her research work at GMC.
/ / / MSES Student Wins Ph.D. Fellowship