Student Perspective: Amy Haymond talks Capstone with Conservation Corridor

Amy Haymond
Amy at Grand Canyon

Communicating on Twitter about environmental topics and Capstone project experiences has become the new norm for Environmental Studies students in Sean McDonald’s three-quarter Capstone Course Series. Some are still skeptical of the power of social media, while others, like Amy Haymond, have taken to it, finding value in the access it gives to myriad environmental leaders and organizations.

During the course’s “topic of the week” Twitter assignment, students were called to find and connect with an expert doing work related to their Capstone, and Amy tagged Conservation Corridor, who then reached out to Amy to provide a student perspective on studying wildlife connectivity.

Conservation Corridor aims to bridge science and the practice of conservation corridors. Amy’s Capstone focuses on the impact of humans on wildlife. Her main research question is:

Does the implementation of wildlife corridors significantly reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions?”

Ready Amy’s blog post on Conservation Corridor to learn more about her research as she digs into mounds of information and explores the language around conservation corridors and why they are so vital to preserving wildlife.

“Twitter has become a powerful tool for connecting students, such as myself, to experts in the environmental community. I have connected to more people doing the work I want to do later in life because of Twitter than I have any other social media tool.” -Amy

Follow Program on the Environment on Twitter at @uwpoe and Amy @ahaymond5 and see what Capstone students are up to on @POEcap