Research Apprenticeship Profile: Hannah Ebersole '19

CFANS freshman Hannah Ebersole spends much of her time studying migratory birds, water, and food safety. "I hope to accomplish a greater understanding of migratory bird studies as well as an even better understanding of legislative and policy processes regarding federally protected birds. I will create connections by talking to state and federal legislators, as well as by working with the MNDNR and MNPCA in order to develop a greater understanding of the law and policy currently out there about the issue." Hannah hopes to attend law school and work towards her masters in environmental science upon graduation. 

Name: Hannah Ebersole
Major(s)/Degree(s): B.S. Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management - Pre-Law
Faculty Advisor: Satoshi Ishii
School Status: Freshman
Graduation Year: 2019

What project are you currently involved in?
Studies on migratory birds and water quality/food safety, esp. Canadian Geese and their fecal coliform samples.

Why are you interested in this project?
I am taking a law-based approach to the project, and gathering data to come up with a legislative and policy course of action for the impact of migratory birds on water quality/food safety. This fits well with my major, and sparked my interest in the project itself.

What do you hope to accomplish with this project?
I hope to accomplish a greater understanding of migratory bird studies as well as an even better understanding of legislative and policy processes regarding federally protected birds. I will create connections by talking to state and federal legislators, as well as by working with the MNDNR and MNPCA in order to develop a greater understanding of the law and policy currently out there about the issue.

What do you wish others would know about the project/problem you are working with?
I wish others would know how difficult it is going to be to formulate a legislative plan because these migratory species travel across Mexico and Canada as well as the US, and are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Act, making it very difficult to implement and design a plan that will satisfy international relations as well as our own regulations.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to attend law school and work towards my masters degree at the same time.

Why did you decide to participate in the RAP program?
Undergraduate research looks great on a resume, and projects that spark your interest give you a focal point for interviews within the science and technology community. The program is specialized towards CFANS students, and is very welcoming and flexible to fit every need you may have.