We are 14% of the way to our goal! Thank you for your support! We wanted to share an experience of one of our students to show the impact that your donations will have on our students' lives.
Cassie Volker grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio taking frequent trips to the nearby zoo, which fostered her love of animals. Cassie came to NKU to major in biology. Initially a pre-pharmacy student she soon realized that was not a fit for her future. Eventually, Cassie discovered that her real passion was understanding animal behavior. So, she switched to the ecology/evolution/organismal biology concentration.
Cassie wasn’t sure what kind of job she wanted after college, even though she was interested in majoring in biology. Some of her friends suggested she get involved in research to see if there was a way to spark her interest in a future career. She saw a job posting for an animal behavior position with one of her professors, Dr. Lindsey Walters. Cassie went to work for her, observing wild birds in the field, their nest boxes, and fell in love with the work. Cassie worked with Dr. Walters for three years before graduating.
After graduating from NKU, Cassie moved to South Florida to work on the Wild Dolphin Project. WDP is the world’s longest running underwater study of dolphins in the world. Since 1985, the team spends months out at sea every summer, living on boat, and studying two species of dolphins that live on the shallow sandbanks of the Bahamas, Atlantic spotted dolphins and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Researchers have made many discoveries over the year regarding aspects of social structure, paternity, habitat use, behavior, communication and movement patterns.
Cassie’s successful career in this field was motivated and made possible by her work with Dr. Walters at NKU. Thank you for joining us in making more opportunities like Cassie’s possible!