Greetings! My name is Sienna Weinstein, and I am a Master's student studying Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England in New Hampshire. I earned a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Vermont, where I was also an active member and officer of the Upsilon Tau Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.
I grew up in a Boston, Massachusetts suburb, and while I often did not see deer or coyotes in my neighborhood, wild turkeys, eastern cottontail rabbits, and eastern gray squirrels abounded (and still do!) Observing these animals in my backyard, as well as watching countless hours of nature documentaries, I developed a long-lasting passion for ethology—the branch of (non-human) animal behavior under natural conditions, which also treats behavior as an evolutionarily adaptive trait.
During my undergraduate years, I was fortunate enough to participate in a study abroad program through the University of Florida (UF) in the Kingdom of Swaziland, as well as Kruger National Park in the Republic of South Africa. In this study abroad, I set up camera traps, went birding, and trapped and tagged small mammals alongside students from UF and the University of Swaziland in order to collect data. The data collected were used to compare species abundance/diversity in elephant-free Swaziland versus elephant-abundant Kruger to stress the importance of elephants as a keystone species in the (southern) African ecosystem.
I want to thank you for taking some time out of your day to view my campaign, and (hopefully) donate towards my research. Your donation will not only help me fund my research, but will also help to (non-lethally and non-invasively) manage yard destruction by (over-abundant) white-tailed deer not only in residencies surrounding the Blue Hills Reservation, but in urban and suburban locations across the U.S.