Fiona Logan-Sankey ’23

Major

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Project Title

Impact of Grazing Regimes on Rangeland Quality and Wildlife and Livestock Use

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I interned for a project based at Mpala Research Centre in Kenya that examined how the introduction of cattle onto a landscape impacted the movements of plains and Grévy’s zebras. I analyzed photographs of zebras taken in the field and helped develop a system for efficiently uploading and processing them in Wildbook, our stripe-recognition software platform. I also worked with geographic information systems to plot the locations of the zebras and cattle in our experiment and determine whether the zebras were more or less likely to be observed in areas grazed by cattle. This internship was deeply rewarding. It provided me the opportunity to learn about rangeland health, as well as to develop a deeper understanding of the many elements that go into research and development. This experience has motivated me to learn more about sustainable development and taught me to be more mindful of how scientists can help local communities be better stewards of our natural environment. I hope to carry these lessons forward in my research and independent work.



Internship Year

2020

Project Category

Biodiversity and Conservation

Organization(s)

Rubenstein Group, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University; Mpala Research Centre

Mentor(s)

Daniel Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Andrew Gersick, Associate Research Scholar, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology