Christina Zdenek – Fulbright, Australia

Christina is at the tail end of her Fulbright Fellowship in Australia. She went Down Under to study the Green Python (Morelia viridis), and then switched to a different iconic species: the Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus). She has nearly completed her Masters degree at The Australian National University, and she is glad to report that, during her wildlife research on Cape York Peninsula (far north Queensland, AUS), she has achieved some significant, on-the-ground conservation in this untamed and special place, just a few hundred kilometers from Papua New Guinea. Also, a scientific publication of her results is nearly ready for submission to an international journal. While Christina and her research supervisor get along swimmingly, and both aim to achieve conservation outcomes, she is leaning toward taking a gap year or two before committing to a Ph.D. program. She wants to work on conservation projects that have a faster chance of having an effect.

From Christina: enjoy these Australian wildlife and adventure photos. “I’ll tell you what- you go from one country’s city to another and, by the looks of things, it may look like you haven’t even left where you just came from, even though you’re actually half way across the world; but go out bush and see the wildlife in that country and you sure as heck know that you’re in a whole different part of the world indeed. This is especially the case with Australia. From marsupials and monotremes (ie. egg-laying mammals), to huge crocs and heaps of parrots, Australia is indeed an evolutionary gem.

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