SINSI Spotlight: Wildlife Conservation on the Ground

Igor Heifetz ・ High Meadows Environmental Institute

For Alexandra Kasdin ’14, MPA ’18, a passion for wildlife conservation began when she was eight years old. Inspired by her first grade teacher—who had a classroom full of animals and lesson plans devoted to endangered species and the environment—Kasdin knew she would spend her life working toward wildlife protection.

In elementary, middle and high school, Kasdin served as a Girl Scout, devoting her service projects to endangered species conservation. For two and a half years in high school, she worked at the Philadelphia Zoo, assisting with educational programming and talking to visitors about wildlife. One summer in high school, she traveled to assist with a biological field research project on whales and dolphins through the Earthwatch Institute. At Princeton University, Kasdin majored in ecology and evolutionary biology with a certificate in environmental studies and, though she loved biology, she knew she wanted to contribute toward conservation on a broader scale.