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Katelyn Toigo

Katelyn Toigo graduated from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale (2020).  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, specializing in Wildlife Biology, and a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Resources, specializing in Geographic Information Sciences, with a minor in Environmental Studies.  Katelyn’s love of nature and determination to restore biodiversity started at a young age at her home on an Illinois State Land and Water Reserve and grew as she visited every U.S. national park.  Katelyn’s work and volunteer experience includes positions with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, the Illinois Natural History Survey, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge and two local Illinois environmental groups.  She also conducted independent research on the effects of strip mine reclamation on terrestrial land snail communities and presented the results at the World Congress of Malacology. The background provided from these experiences culminated in her selection as a GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) intern by The Nature Conservancy at their Emiquon Preserve, where she developed a deep appreciation for non-governmental organizations.  Her interest in global environmental challenges intensified during study abroad trips to Costa Rica and Japan.  Katelyn’s specialization in Conservation Planning at the Bren School will enhance and solidify the skills necessary to make her an important asset to an environmental non-governmental organization in expanding protected areas, reestablishing connectivity of critical habitats, and protecting biodiversity.

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