TWS member Asia Murphy knew she wanted to study wildlife since she was a child, when she watched nature documentaries on television. As a wildlife biologist, she has studied a variety of species, from voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus) on the Minnesota prairie to carnivores in Madagascar to her latest PhD project on how carnivores affect white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawns in Pennsylvania. In a Q&A with the Sierra Club, the Penn State graduate student shares her journey to becoming a wildlife biologist. “I wasn’t really interested in using a microscope and identifying species based on things like leg length or genes,” she said. “I wanted to be outside.”
Read more about TWS member Asia Murphy and her career in Sierra.