I’d like to give a shout out to the many folks who have encouraged, taught and inspired me to discover that this wonderful world of zoology is where I want to be. I really have been blessed with an army of inspiring, caring, knowledgeable, resourceful people at my side and I really want to express my thanks to them for all they do.
First and foremost, I’d like to thank my husband, who has been a partner on many animal-seeking adventures, encouraged me to change my major to biology even though I was 3 units from graduating and taught me how to blog. He is the epitome of a caring, supportive husband. Thank you, Trey.
Next, I must thank my best friend, Rosa, who left the perfect set of footprints for me to follow into the sciences. Leading by example, and full of suggestions and encouraging words that continue to this day, I would never have found my way into this field, or had the courage to pursue it, without her. Thank you, Rosa.
Shout out to some of my teachers at SF State. In particular, Dr. Spicer, Peter Ingmire, John Doudna and Dr. Hafernik, as they have a contagious enthusiasm for their respective fields and I thoroughly enjoyed their classes and continue to use what they have taught me. But most especially, I want to thank Dr. Routman, who took me into his research lab, which provided an invaluable learning experience for me, was the first scientist ever to explain to me evolution in an organized, mathematical and scientific way during his wonderful evolution class and ran a fun, engaging herpetology class as well. Thank you, educators.
Special thanks to Emily Tozzi, for providing a comfortable, fun workplace where trying new things and bringing your personality into your work was not only allowed but encouraged under her guidance. My time working for her really allowed me to grow, gain new skills and perspectives while feeling supported and really being part of a team. Thank you, Emily
Lastly, thank you Arc staff and the San Francisco Zoo, for being my first entryway into the lives of animals.
You all have meant so much in my life and I can’t thank you enough.