My name is Jesse Maestas I am a senior majoring in Biology
with an emphasis in ecology. I am an active member of The Wildlife society and
enjoy volunteering and participating in community service events that benefits
the well being of animals. The two areas of study I am most passionate about
are freshwater and wildlife ecology. I have a strong passion towards animals
and love working and recreating outside. I hope to ultimately gain a career
that will allow me to conduct research incorporating these two disciplines.
Specifically I would enjoy working with streams and large carnivores such as
My current research is working with skunk populations in
Flagstaff AZ, in response to the fairly recent rabies out break and persistence
in the area. The project will be looking at how urbanization influences overall
skunk populations and skunk body condition. The results of this study have
implications for predicting the possibility of future disease spread.