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Preferred Pronouns


Undergraduate Institution

University of Arizona


Cornell University


MS student

Current Location

Ithaca, New York


San Rafael, CA

Personal Interests

  • creative writing
  • Reading
  • Drawing
  • being outside with my dog

Professional Interests

  • Conservation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Social/Environmental Justice and Equity
  • Wildlife, Ornithology, Endangered or Threatened Species


  • Developer
  • Empathy
  • Individualization
  • Intellection
  • Strategic

My name is Vanessa, I am an alumn from the DDCSP collaborative based out of UF (from the very first cohort). I did my undergrad at the University of Arizona and I'm currently in my second year of a Master's program in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. My research is on the spatial ecology of carnivores in the cloud forest of Ecuador. Specifically, I am looking at distribution and co-occurrence dynamics of Andean bears, puma, tayra, and domestic/feral dogs (aka, do these carnivores avoid each other and do they avoid areas influenced by dogs and people?). My other professional/personal interest is diversity and inclusion as it relates to the field of conservation and to outdoor recreation/open spaces. I am also a graduate student mentor for the DDCSP students at Cornell, which I really love! Other things I love = dogs (especially mine), cooking Mexican food with my mom/grandma, writing, drawing, warm weather, and being outside.