As an Undergraduate Student at UMass-Amherst, I have the opportunity to go to the Amazon and live on the river for ten days to collect data for any research project that interests me. I intend to study the river dolphins and other aquatic life to see if and how the flooding season affects their behavior, eating habits, mating habits, etc. This research trip focuses on fields of study such as Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science and Animal Science. The team will consist of 12 students and one professor who will be there for acedemic support and assistance. We will live aboard a three decker river boat and take canoes into the flooded forests to gather our data. Each student will have a different research project so while we are there together, we are each also on our own.
The trip cost covers all required equiptment including food, transportation, and scientific instruments. As a college student, the overall price is a bit staggering (roughly $4000!). This is a once in a lifetime oppertunity that has the potential to affect my future education and career. I plan to be a Wildlife Veterinarian someday to this is a perfect start for me, especially since research is such a large requirement to get into Veterinary School.
As the human population continues to increase, more land and resources are being taken away from species who have existed on this planet much longer than we have. Every creature around you, both common and exotic, took millions of years to evolve. Yet, just within a few centeries, humans have managed to wipe out a large number of those species and alter the balance of nature. Steps must be taken to preserve the wildlife that is left. I ask you to please help me reach this goal, this first research trip, so that in the future I can give back to the community and help wildlife populations around the world.
I really appreciate every bit donated so thank you from the bottom of my heart!