Gitanjali Gnanadesikan ’14

Major

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title

A Closer Look at Mammal Migration

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My internship with the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department focused on ­mammal migrations. I conducted extensive literature-based research to ­compile a database documenting various aspects of migratory behaviours (or lack ­thereof) for over a thousand mammalian species; I then took this data and began to look at the patterns which emerged. This broad look at migration across species has ­illuminated several patterns and concepts and will inform the development of ­computer ­models and possibly further scientific observations and conservation ­efforts. This ­internship gave me the opportunity to familiarize myself with the field of ­ecology, learn valuable technical skills, and gather foundational knowledge and ­experience. It also confirmed my choice of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as my major.



Internship Year

2011

Project Category

Sustainability

Organization(s)

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Mentor(s)

David Medvigy, Assistant Professor of Geosciences; Simon Levin, George M. Moffett Professor of Biology, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Allison Shaw, Graduate Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology