MCM Alumni Profiles

  • Working with the Loon Rangers at LPC: MS in Conservation Medicine Externship
    Dr. Estefania Parra Ochoa, MCM’17, Discusses her Externship with the The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) works to preserve loons (Gavia immer) and their habitats in New Hampshire. LPC´s mission is to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons throughout NH; to monitor the health ... read more
  • Flying Toward Ocean Conservation
    Just before sunrise, when the water is calm in the Sea of Cortez and dolphins often slowly travel by, you can find Ben Sawicki on the bow of the MV Farley Mowat. The quietest section of deck, the bow is a peaceful place to begin the day with the Sea ... read more
  • Putting the Passion in Compassionate Conservation
    As part of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Ben Sawicki is directing drone operations on the MV Farley Mowat and helps the crew confiscate illegal fishing gear, track poachers, and document the information for the Mexican Navy. ... read more
  • Tales from the Field: Master of Science in Conservation Medicine
    Katherine Grassle, MCM’16, Discusses Butterfly Project NYC Externship   When I went to the Conservation Medicine Program Director to tell him I was really interested in conducting my own research on the importance of urban green space for human health and butterfly conservation, he didn’t tell me it sounded too ... read more
  • Pamela Okerholm MCM’13
    Education: • B.S. Evolutionary Biology & Ecology, University of Rochester, 2005 • M.S. Conservation Medicine, Tufts University, 2013 Current Position: I am an Informatics Specialist with Boston Benefit Partners, LLC. What were you doing before entering the Masters in Conservation Medicine (MCM) program? Prior to the MCM program, I was ... read more
  • Caitlin Jones MCM’15
    Caitlin Jones MCM’15 was one of the first recipients to receive the Lily Glidden Award from Tuft University’s Department of Biology Caitlin used her award to travel to Tasmania where she completed her MCM Externship working with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. The work involved assessing different interventional ... read more
  • Jessica Sparks MCM’14
    Jessica Sparks MCM'14 is currently a PhD student at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work teaching in Conservation Social Work. She joined the MCM Program with an interest in socioeconomic risk factors in indigenous populations and the implications for biodiversity conservation. ... read more
  • Meghan Hartwick MCM’12
    Meghan Hartwick MCM’12 is working on climate change impacts of pathogenic Vibrio discussed in, “Tracking Shellfish Contamination” Prior to joining the MCM Program, she lived in Northern California where she worked in environmental conservation and wildlife rescue with the Marine Mammal Center of Sausalito. “I am now pursuing my ... read more
  • Kelly Donithan MCM’12
    Kelly Donithan MCM’12 accepted a position with Animals Asia as a Bear Manager at their Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao where she will be working with rescued Asiatic black bears and Malayan sun bears. She held a previous position as a Wildlife Rescue Program Officer at the International ... read more
  • Emma Gardner MCM’13
    Emma Gardner MCM’13 accepted a 3 month contract with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations at their headquarters in Rome. She’s been hired as a junior epidemiologist to work on risk assessment issues surrounding the H7N9 Avian Influenza outbreak(s) in China. “This type of work has ... read more
  • Gemina Garland-Lewis MCM’13
    The Old Men and the Sea By Gemina Garland-Lewis An alumna of Tufts’ conservation medicine program chronicles the end of the Azorean whaling industry Gemina Garland-Lewis MCM’13 is a Research Coordinator at the Center for One Health Research in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at University ... read more