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University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Graduate Student

Current Location

knoxville, TN


Albemarle, NC

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Personal Interests

  • fishing
  • Hunting
  • traveling
  • DJ
  • and Cooking

Professional Interests

  • Conservation
  • Government
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Oceans and Marine Conservation
  • Volunteer Management
  • Water Quality or Watershed Management
  • Wildlife, Ornithology, Endangered or Threatened Species


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Nyob Zoo (Hello)! My Hmong name is Ntaj, meaning sword. I began my journey in conservation at North Carolina State University, where I graduated in 2016 with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology, complemented by a minor in Applied Ecology. Since then, my dedication to preserving biodiversity has led me through a diverse array of experiences. From studying ungulates like elk and white-tail deer to exploring the habitats of small mammals, birds, sea turtles, salamanders, frogs, and numerous fish species, my work has taken me across varied ecosystems.

Collaborating with esteemed agencies such as USFWS, NOAA, USGS, and others, I've had the privilege of contributing to conservation efforts across the United States. Whether in the serene beauty of Alpine environments, the vibrant piedmont region of the southeast, or the lush tropical rainforests and coastline of the Caribbean, each locale has enriched my understanding of ecological complexities.

From the east coast to the west coast, I've delved into a spectrum of fisheries ecology, from streams and reservoirs to coastal ecosystems. As an undergraduate, I conducted research with the NC State USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Units Program, spanning North Carolina and Puerto Rico. Following graduation, I monitored juvenile Chinook Salmon and Green Sturgeon along the Sacramento River with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Red Bluff, California. Later, I contributed to research endeavors at the University of California, Davis, working as a research lab assistant.

Currently, I'm pursuing my graduate studies at the University of Tennessee Knoxville under the mentorship of Dr. Gus Engmans. My research in Puerto Rico focuses on delineating the spatial extent of fish invasion on the island and evaluating the effectiveness of invasive species removal methods. Concurrently, I serve as a USFWS pathways intern at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, furthering my commitment to conservation at both local and global scales.

Please email me if you have questions about your CV/resume, cover letters, graduate school, and working for federal or state agencies and NGOs.


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