First Edition Editorial Team
Danielle Scott received her B.S. in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara (2007) and a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (UC Santa Barbara, 2012), emphasis Coastal Marine Resources Management. Her master’s thesis compared ecosystem-based adaptation (mangrove forests) to engineered approaches (sea walls) for coastal protection in the face of climate change. In between her studies, she managed a veterinary practice, researched Gray Whales, provided medical care for a marine mammal rescue and performed coral reef research and restoration in the Dominican Republic. She is currently attending veterinary school at Colorado State University. She wishes to combine her mater’s degree with her future DVM degree and research climate induced health impacts and sublethal effects of environmental contamination on wildlife populations.
Rachel Conway grew up in Boulder, CO, where she spent most of her childhood reading, swimming, hiking and riding horses. She attended University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue zoology and conservation biology. Growing up in Colorado she always had a love of the outdoors, but it was at Wisconsin that she developed her passion for conservation, taking numerous wildlife biology and ecology courses, and working on a research project assessing the impacts of lion reintroduction and serving as an intern at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. After graduation, she took a gap year to work with elephants at the Denver Zoo and travel to Zimbabwe, where she worked in elephant research aiming to reduce human-wildlife conflict in high tourism areas. She is currently a DVM candidate at Colorado State University. She hopes to pursue wildlife and zoo medicine and dedicate her career to conservation of the natural world.
Malea McGimsey was born and raised in Alaska, where she developed an early appreciation for our planet and the animals with which we share it. She received her B.S. in Mathematics as well as Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience from the University of Denver in 2017. After volunteering at a wild bird rehabilitation center in Anchorage and a limited-resource veterinary clinic in Chile, her interests shifted from human medicine to veterinary medicine. She is currently attending veterinary school at Colorado State University and plans to focus her career around free-ranging wildlife conservation and research.
Colleen Duncan is a faculty veterinarian in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. Specialized in epidemiology and anatomic pathology, she is particularly interested in how the environment influences the health of animals and people. The best part of her job is working with students on projects like this!