Hello! My name is Emily Turpen. I was born and raised in Hereford, Texas and graduated from West Texas A&M University in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology. During my childhood I was heavily involved in 4-H, and many of my projects involved animals and the outdoors. Combined with a mom who was always bringing new critters home to show her science classes, I was quickly spurred spurred toward a career in wildlife. During the summer of 2019 I completed an undergraduate research project on the distribution of prairie voles in the Texas panhandle and will be publishing my results in a scientific journal. I am passionate about conservation and public outreach due to the growing disconnect between communities and the environment, therefore, my interests lie in those directions as well. My hobbies include reading, hiking, and mountain biking. My long-term career goals include obtaining a master’s degree and pursuing a career with field research and outreach opportunities. I am excited to embark on this internship with the Ogallala Commons and gain experience through outreach events such as festivals and assisting with wildlife and resource conservation projects.