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Emiliano Espinoza

Bio
Emilian Espinoza, a first-year master’s student, graduated from Michigan State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Community Sustainability. Before his undergrad, Emiliano enlisted in the United States Army and served two tours in Afghanistan. He frequently traveled and backpacked internationally to enjoy the various environments the world had to offer. This exposure opened his eyes to the interconnectedness of many issues our planet has been facing socially, economically, politically, and environmentally. During this time, he witnessed ecological destabilization from modern development across the globe and its effects on locally disenfranchised communities. It was for these reasons he decided to pursue his undergrad degree. After graduation, he worked as a research technician with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in the Pacific Southwest where he collected ecological data for NEON’s 30+ year project. It was here he became enamored by the idea of data analysis and ecological modeling to further the efficiency and effectiveness of conservation efforts. Specializing in Conservation Planning at the Bren School, Emiliano plans to further his knowledge with data science and conservation ecology. With these tools in mind, he aims to help conceptualize conservation efforts to develop improved strategies in response to ever-increasing climate change. After his master’s, Emiliano is wanting to pursue his Ph.D. and conduct eco-modeling on threatened and endangered ecosystems.

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