Emily Newman - CFANS Study Abroad Program
Term: Winter 2017- 2018
My trip through the CFANS Thailand Tiger Conservation & Vertebrate Fields Methods program was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I have previously been on conservation-related trips to Indonesia, Greece, and the Caribbean, but there was something about Thailand that makes me can’t wait to go back!
I am incredibly grateful for the support I received for the trip through the CFANS Office of International Programs, as it made it possible for me to learn many new skills and meet some amazing people.
In my time in Thailand, the other group members and I helped the staff at the KNR Research Station within the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary with identifying tiger and tiger prey tracks or marks, as well as with setting up camera traps. We even got to see wild Asian elephants! We also had the opportunity to enhance our GPS skills and learn how to use the PRESENCE occupancy data computer software. These are skills that will definitely help me as I go forward into the conservation biology field after graduating this Spring. I also had the opportunity to meet some new people both from Thailand and from the University of Minnesota that I can now call friends.
I would definitely recommend this trip to any students in CFANS or in any of the colleges at the University really, because of the wide range of experiences to be offered in this program that will stick with you throughout your time as a student and beyond.