Hi! My name is Leah Card. I am a junior at Hendrix College
in Conway, AR. I grew up in the Ozark Mountain region near the Buffalo
River in Northwest Arkansas. I am majoring in biology at Hendrix. I
plan to attend graduate school after I graduate. I am interested in
many areas of biology: ecology, animal behavior, evolution, etc. I hope
that my work will involve working with animals. I would love for my
research to help in conservation because I feel that the environment
(and species within) are very important.
I have always loved the outdoors. I have spent many years
camping and hiking with my family: my two sisters, Robin and Teri, and
my parents, Kathy and Shannon. I am very glad that I had the opportunity
to come and research in this area of California. WMRS is in the perfect
position: access to the Eastern Sierras and the White-Inyo Mountains.
I loved living up at Barcroft Station in the White's. In my spare time
I was able to hike around the region: White Mt. Peak, Sheep Mt., Piute
Mt., Cottonwood basin, etc. I liked seeing the various wildlife in this
area: Bighorn sheep, marmots, picas, golden eagles, the Sage Grouse,
and of course, the golden-mantled ground squirrel.
I feel that I have learned a lot this summer. I have learned
how to track animals using radiotelemetry and how to use GPS. I enjoyed
meeting the many researchers who stayed at the Barcroft station. I am
grateful for the opportunity to learn about other studies in many different
scientific fields: botany, physiology, cosmology, etc.
I am thankful to the National Science Foundation for
their generous contribution to this program. I am also very grateful
for having the opportunity to work with Dr. Craig Frank. Lastly I am
grateful for the staff at all of the WMRS stations and my fellow REU
Interns for helping make my summer even more enjoyable.