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Mike Lohr, who graduated in 2005 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, poses with a native Hawaiian sea bird. He is trying to protect their threatened populations from predators. It's the kind of work he always wanted to do, he said.
May 8, 2013

Mike Lohr early on knew exactly what he wanted to be. When he was a kid, he called it a "bird scientist." Now he knows the proper title is avian ecologist. The 2005 Penn State alumnus currently is involved in a groundbreaking conservation project at the Ka'ena Point Coastal Reserve in Hawaii.

Tyler Yost paused on a hillside above a German village.
April 26, 2013

Environmental resource management might sound like a white-collar desk job to most, but to Tyler Yost, it is much more. Last summer he studied abroad in Germany, where he had the opportunity to put his Penn State education to practical use.

Brockway, Pa., native Jenifer McAndrew works as a husbandry aquarium technician at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island near Manteo.
April 11, 2013

To most people, swimming with sharks in an enclosed area would be terrifying, but to Jenifer McAndrew, it is just another day on the job.

Darcy Lester explores a coral reef on the Australian coast.
March 28, 2013

Darcy McKinley Lester does not like baked beans and spaghetti on toast for breakfast, but she said that dish is hard to avoid when you study abroad in Australia. The Mechanicsburg, Pa., native studied at the Australian National University in Canberra last spring.

Devan Burns interned with the owner of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
March 12, 2013

Most of us remember learning about ROY G. BIV when we were kids — the acronym for the sequence of colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. But Devan Burns put her knowledge of the rainbow to use last summer.

Laura Davis poses on a footbridge over a river in Mozambique.
March 1, 2013

Laura Davis had dreamed of traveling to Africa for years. So in May 2012, she jumped at the chance to embark on a journey to South Africa and Mozambique offered through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences natural resources embedded course. The trip was a life-changing experience.

Penn State food sciences major Meghan Kane posed on a bridge in the heart of Paris.
February 18, 2013

Penn State senior Meghan Kane visited France not once, but twice through programs offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences.

January 18, 2013

Ever since she was little, Jeanette Blank dreamed about traveling to Australia. After years of dreaming, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences helped her get there at last. When she finally arrived, she was determined to learn as much as she could and take any opportunity presented to her. "Before I left on the trip, someone told me ...

January 4, 2013

Turns out, watching ants is actually pretty entertaining, according to Spencer Malloy. Good thing for him, because it was one of the most important parts of his job last summer. The Penn State senior with a double major in agroecology and philosophy recently completed an internship at the University Park campus investigating how the presence of ...

December 14, 2012

Penn State student Megan Davis has always loved the outdoors and knew from an early age she wanted to dedicate her career to her love for nature. The wildlife and fisheries science major spent the summer of 2011 doing just that. From May to August, Davis completed a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service internship, splitting her time between Parker ...