By Aaron Wirsing (with Clint Robins)
This summer, the PEL, led by PhD student Clint Robins, teamed up with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) at the University of Washington. The DDCSP seeks to increase diversity and inclusion in conservation and the natural sciences. To that end, the program at UW, which is housed in the College of the Environment, recruits undergraduates from unrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds to spend two summers as scholars; during the second summer, the scholars partner with tribal, university, and/or government conservation efforts as interns. Clint mentored two second-year interns, Niki Love and Kyle Mabie, who assisted with investigation of cougar kill sites along the urban-to-wildland gradient than runs from Seattle to the Cascade foothills and then completed their own research projects using data they had collected. We are grateful to Niki and Kyle for choosing to spend time with us this summer, and wish them the best of luck as they move on from the DDCSP to complete their degrees at Cornell and Colorado State, respectively.
Dr. Brian Kertson, of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, talks to the first-year DDCSP cohort about radio-telemetry and his research on cougars in Seattle's back yard.