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Major: Environmental Biology
After one conversation with Brad Higgins, you quickly realize he’s not the type of person who has any desire to pursue a nine-to-five office job. Ever since he was a small child, Brad has loved nature and the environment and he’s adamant about making his living in the great outdoors. There’s no place that better fits that description than the wilds of
During that internship experience, Brad would go on a rotation of nine days in the field and five days in camp. While in the field he traveled to various remote locations where he lived in a cabin or a tent. He spent most of his time acquiring “bear rubs” or grizzly bear hair samples, which are collected from trees, poles, and fences. The samples are then analyzed to determine valuable information about the population of bears living within the study area, such as an estimate of size and genetics. The entire process provides critical information about the bear population inside the mammoth national park.