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Undergraduate Institution

Cornell University


US Fish and Wildlife Service/Hispanic Access Foundation


Hispanic Access Foundation Fellow

Current Location

Mount Rainier, MD


New York City

Personal Interests

  • Education
  • social justice
  • Film and television production
  • public service

Professional Interests

  • Conservation
  • Education (Higher Ed)
  • Education (K-12)
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Social/Environmental Justice and Equity
  • Wildlife, Ornithology, Endangered or Threatened Species


  • Adaptability
  • Empathy
  • Includer
  • Learner
  • Strategic

Jailene Hidalgo is a Dominican-American from Washington Heights, New York City. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Environmental & Sustainability Sciences with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. 
As an early career wildlife biologist, she has been involved in field research that informed the conservation and management of various species including moose, seaside sparrows, marsh wrens, arctic ground squirrels, and eastern oysters. Additionally, she has practiced science interpretation and communication through formal and informal public outreach education programming. She has worked with various academic, government, and non-profit agencies including the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Northeast Climate Science Center at the University of Massachusetts, and the Hudson River Park Estuary Lab. Currently, she is a Hispanic Access Foundation Fellow for the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She hopes to continue to work towards supporting wildlife conservation and management, educating the public about their environment, and mentoring future biologists to promote diversity and inclusion in the life sciences.