Sydney Calderon – Educational Development Intern
Sydney is finishing her last semester at Cornell University studying animal science and education. Most of her past work has been bird-focused, particularly on raptors, or birds of prey. Taking the next step from carnivorous birds to carnivorous mammals, Sydney is working to create educational materials to help S.P.E.C.I.E.S. spread its message to the masses and to bring the power of conservation to all levels of the population.
Tammy Cloutier – Communications and Fundraising Intern
Tammy is an Environmental Studies PhD student at Antioch University New England where she is focusing on human-African painted (or wild) dog interactions. Her children’s book, Painted Dog Pursuit, was recently published in an effort to increase awareness of painted dogs with the proceeds being used to support painted dog research and conservation. She is excited to join S.P.E.C.I.E.S. as a Communications and Fundraising Intern and looks forward to using her passion for carnivores, writing, and education to assist humans and wildlife everywhere.
Caitlin Lennard – Communications and Networking Intern
Caitlin is currently studying her Masters of Science at James Cook University in Australia where she hopes to develop skills in both research and scientific communication. During her spare time she’s often found camping, or outdoors with her camera teaching herself photography with hopes to one day use it as a tool alongside conservation research efforts. Caitlin is joining S.P.E.C.I.E.S. as a communications and networking intern where she is thrilled to be able use these passions to help develop engaging content promoting awareness for the research and conservation of carnivores around the world.
Annie Robertson – Social Media Intern
Annie Robertson recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She originally grew up in coastal Georgia where her love of the outdoors began. After moving to Colorado, her love of the ocean turned to mountains, and the change of environments only sparked her curiosity for conservation and biology even more. She was also devoted to dance her entire life and continued pursuing the performing arts well throughout college. She was apart of two professional dance companies and taught dance class during college. After graduating, she decided to pursue a career in commercial dance in Los Angeles for at least one year. During that year Annie realized that nature was calling her. She packed her backpack and completed a 200 mile hike of the John Muir Trail in the summer of 2017. She now lives in Denver, CO and is trying to survive puppyhood with her new malamute.