(BS in Ecology 2018) My name is Valeria Guerrero, I was born and raised in South Florida. Joining the EMAP program allowed me to be part of something new, innovative, and dynamic at Georgetown University. This program complimented my knowledge of ecology and how it’s impacted by humans, while building necessary skills to measure that impact. During my time in this program I connected projects and papers to my interest, while there are steep learning curves, I felt engaged and motivated to learn more. My advice to prospective students is to go in ready to be part of the process and progress of EMAP.
Right after graduation, I accepted a position with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as the South Regional Gopher Tortoise Conservation Biologist. I worked on permitting within 10 counties for this state protected species and conduct field work on private and public lands. I am currently an Associate Environmental Specialist in the Wildlife Team of Florida Power & Light Company, which is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy.