Eco-Art Festival Director: Caitlin Bailey (Texas A&M-Corpus Cristi)

As the Eco-Art Festival Director, I will strive to make student natural photography highlight the joy of science and Ecology. I will make the Eco-Art Festival at the ESA Conference in Portland, Oregon successful and memorable for all participants.

I am currently a senior at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, majoring in Animal Biology with a minor in Psychology. I am a co-representative for the Islander SEEDS chapter and have attended two ESA conferences. I won the People's Choice Award at last year's ESA Eco-Art Festival in Austin, Texas where I volunteered to be the new Director. I am an active member of Beta Beta Beta (National Biological Honors Society) and the Honors Program.

I have participated in a number of research studies. Since 2009, I have researched first-year student performance in large-lecture settings. A publication from my colleagues and me on team-based learning can be found in the October 2011 Eco 101 Bulletin. In June 2010, I assisted in collecting field data with Dr. Randall Davis on sea otter mother and pup behavior. In summer 2011, I participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates, analyzing ultrasonic calls at wild Peromyscus nest sites. Currently, I am working on my Project of Excellence through TAMUCC's Honors Program on how human land usage has effected local bird species abundance.

I am currently applying for graduate school, aiming for my Master's degree first. I am interested in wildlife filmmaking/photography as well as research in animal communication, specifically ultrasonic communication and parent/offspring interactions. I am not sure if I will get a Master's in Zoology or Wildlife Filmmaking. I am still trying to decide which path to take.


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