Gitanjali Gnanadesikan, 2014, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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.