01 May Tania C. Parra
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am currently working on my Master of Science in environmental science and technology at California State University Fullerton. I am interested in pursuing a career in the field of conservation with the National Park Service. This summer I will be conducting research at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area where I will be looking at patterns of habitat use by bats. This will be my second year at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, I will be continuing the work that was started in 2016.
Once completed, I will be analyzing five years’ worth of acoustic monitoring data within the Park’s boundary. I am excited to be returning to Glen Canyon because last year I had the opportunity to learn valuable bat monitoring skills and was able to share this information during the annual Bat Festival. In addition, I was able to participate in citizen science events where I was able to talk to teenagers about conservation and bat ecology. I look forward to doing this again this coming summer.
I am interested in this program because it gives me the opportunity to work alongside NPS scientists. The Direct Hire Authority certificate will help me further my career with the Park Service. In addition, I believe this is a great opportunity to network with other scientists in the Mosaics in Science program .