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Undergraduate Student

Chandler Eaglestone

Wildlife Conservation

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

I grew up in a small New Hampshire village where I developed an appreciation for the environment, the Boston Red Sox, and Robert Frost. I spent summers on my family’s boat “Africa” and over the years have logged many nautical miles sailing from Nova Scotia down to the Virgin Islands, exploring habitats and learning about native species along the way. These experiences have contributed to my strong interest in conservation.

After moving just outside Washington, D.C., in the late ‘90s, I had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time at the National Zoo, the National Museum of Natural History, and nature parks along the Potomac River. I volunteered at Riverbend Park for four years, taking care of the resident reptiles and amphibians, and participating in herpetology education events.

When I discovered the wildlife conservation major at Virginia Tech, I knew I had found the right program for me. I have had a wealth of experiences in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, including a variety of research opportunities. I have also had been able to share my enthusiasm for wildlife with others as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Principles of Fisheries and Wildlife Management course and as a peer mentor for the Introduction to Renewable Natural Resources course.

I am the camera trapping chair for the Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society at Virginia Tech and the student representative for the Virginia Chapter of the Wildlife Society. I traveled to Belize in the summer of 2013 to determine the effect of human disturbance on jaguars. Last summer I conducted dolphin research in Mississippi, photographing dolphins in the wild to identify them by the unique notch patterns on their dorsal fins, conducting fisherman surveys, and helping provide education opportunities to the public. I am now planning a project that I will begin this winter in Costa Rica. I look forward to my participation in the Leadership Institute, which will enable me to become the best that I can be in preparation for working with others to solve current and future conservation issues.

After completing my bachelor’s degree, I hope to attend graduate school. My areas of interest include herpetology, invasive species, threatened and endangered species, and human/wildlife interactions.

Honors and Awards

  • Elly Doyle Park Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, 2011
  • Fralin Life Science Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2013

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