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The Student Ambassador Program provides opportunities for you to grow and develop beyond your educational experiences. As a Student Ambassador, you’ll represent the School at on- and off-campus functions such as Homecoming, Georgia Forestry Association’s Legislative Day, and recruiting trips throughout the state. Ambassadors receive leadership and professional development training, and also mix and mingle with alumni and leaders in the forestry and natural resources professions.

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  • Build close connections with Warnell faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students
  • Interact with leaders from the private and public sectors
  • Receive leadership training and certification
  • Special recognition at alumni and school events
  • Warnell swag! Every ambassador receives Warnell-branded clothing and other professional items.


Selection Criteria:

  • Enthusiasm for the Warnell School and natural resources professions
  • Awareness of the importance of internal and external relationships to the school
  • Commitment to meet monthly as a group
  • Willingness to attend functions outside of school hours


The mission statement signed by the 2020-2021 Student Ambassadors.
The mission statement created and signed by the 2021-2022 class of Warnell Student Ambassadors.

Meet our Ambassadors!

Our Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 academic year represent a variety of experiences and degree programs. You can learn more about what brought them to Warnell, or experiences they've had through their program, by visiting our Student Ambassador blog.


2021-2022 Ambassadors:

Isaac Beacorn

Isaac Beacorn

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (fall 2021)

Hometown: Watkinsville, Georgia

I thoroughly enjoy being active in the outdoors and want to partake in a field that shares those passions. One of my favorite Warnell memories is sporadically stopping by professors’ offices to chat and being welcomed by each one of them. 


Emma Browning

Emma Browning

Fisheries and Wildlife, aquatic sciences (fall 2023)

Hometown: Cleveland, Georgia 

Growing up, I constantly found myself in the water, whether it was fishing, swimming, tubing, etc. So, when it came time to decided on a career path, I knew I wanted to be in the water. Then I found Warnell and everything just clicked! 

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Fisheries and Wildlife (spring 2023)

Hometown: Conyers, Georgia

I am very passionate about conservation of wildlife and other natural resources. It is a rewarding career path that will allow me to work toward the improvement of lives- whether animal, plant or human. And that is a beautiful thing!

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Delaney Caslow

Fisheries and Wildlife, Wildlife sciences emphasis (May 2022)

Hometown: Canton Georgia

I chose this program because I am passionate about conservation, and I have always loved nature/the outdoors. My favorite Warnell memories are from labs where we all bonded over the rain/heat/cold and got through them together! 

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Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (fall 2021)

Hometown: Menlo, Georgia

I chose this program because I knew I wanted to work with people in an outdoor/natural resource focused setting. This program allows students to study both the scientific and social side of natural resource topics. It has allowed me to broaden how I think about outdoor spaces and be able to better understand how people perceive/use them. I am excited to be able to use the skills I have learned to educate the general public and future generations on natural resource management!

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Brianna Cuellar

Fisheries and Wildlife, wildlife sciences emphasis (fall 2021)

Hometown: Valdosta, Georgia

I chose this program because I love spending time in the outdoors, and I wanted a career working with wildlife! Outside of class, I am a volunteer for the Guide Dog Foundation. I have raised three dogs, and I am an Athens-area coordinator!

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Mikaela Dallas

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management/Environmental Education Certificate

Hometown: Watkinsville, Georgia

I have always felt a pull toward the natural world, and a want to educate others about it. I really enjoy the human aspect of natural resources, and I want to act as a bridge between the scientific community and the general public. 

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Alaina Davis 

Fisheries and Wildlife, aquatic sciences emphasis (Spring 2022)

Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia

I choose my major because it gave me the most opportunities to get hands-on, in-the-field, learning experience. I love fish, I love learning about them, and I want to research them to better conserve and protect them. The fisheries program at Warnell gives me an excellent foundation in my field, allowing me to be better prepared for my future career. 

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Jack Derochers

Forestry (fall 2021)

Hometown: Dallas, Georgia

I chose this program because I believe that there are many people who are looking for a way to work in the outdoors, and Warnell is the place to learn how. Also, I am obsessed with fire! Not in a pyromaniac way, but I love campfires, prescribed fires, and even the wildfires that don't harm people or property. Fire seems to almost be alive, as more of a creature than a chemical reaction, and I want to learn as much as I can about it.

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Michaela DiGiovanni

Fisheries and Wildlife, wildlife sciences (December 2022)

Hometown: Guyton, Georgia

I knew that I wanted to do something with science, and I have always loved nature, so I finally decide to switch my major to wildlife sciences, and I am so glad that I did! One of my dream jobs is to work with puffins in Maine! I am so glad that I chose Warnell because my degree will allow me to work with really cool animals like puffins.

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Erin Gilroy

Wildlife Sciences (spring 2022)

Hometown: Dallas, Georgia

Before senior year of high school, I got the chance to take mini natural resource classes through NRCW. I realized how much I enjoyed it and all the colleges I could attend, like Warnell. I found my passion for the outdoors and wildlife through that workshop! I love birds of prey and I am also learning American Sign Language.

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Lavendar Harris

Fisheries and Wildlife, wildlife emphasis (fall 2022)

Hometown: Covington, Georgia

Since I was young, it has been my dream to be a wildlife biologist and work with animals. This program allows me to explore my passion for the outdoors while gaining a hands-on, in-depth education. I am super excited to be able to take what I learn at Warnell and explore careers in wildlife management. 

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Abigail Hooks

Fisheries and Wildlife, Wildlife Science (spring ’24)

Hometown: Cairo, Georgia 

I chose this program because I have always found myself connected with nature, especially wildlife. As I got older, I always knew I wanted to go into a career that incorporated my love of wildlife. I wanted to have a better knowledge of wildlife and how I can better conserve them and spread awareness to others of how important it is to care for the environment.  

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Tyler Kaszas

Forestry (spring 2022)

Hometown: Augusta, Georgia

Warnell gave me the opportunity to pursue a career in the outdoors and that's what I always wanted.

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Morgan Lyons

Fisheries and Wildlife, wildlife sciences emphasis (spring 2023)

Hometown: Commerce, Georgia

I have always been interested in wildlife even as a little kid. I grew up hiking and camping and from that I have developed a deep love for the outdoors and for the environment. Choosing any other career path just seemed wrong. I have two twin sisters and both of them are pursuing degrees in the natural resources field as well. 

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Marci Marciales

Fisheries and Wildlife, wildlife sciences emphasis (fall 2021)

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

I can’t imagine studying anything else! I have always been fascinated with wildlife and always knew I wanted to work in that field in some capacity — and Warnell is a great place to learn where exactly that is for you!

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Ben Mathis 

Fisheries and Wildlife, aquatic sciences emphasis (spring 2022)

Hometown: Lexington, Georgia

I grew up outdoors and always loved going fishing. This program allows me to make a career out of what I like to do.

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Travan Neal

Parks, Recreation, and tourism Management (fall 2021)

Hometown: Menlo, Georgia

I really like nature and our resources as well as education, so I thought this would be a perfect way to combine my passions and educate people on how to enjoy nature in a sustainable way.

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Donovan Harm Robar

Wildlife, pre-vet (spring 2022)

Hometown: Demorest, Georgia

I met a wildlife veterinarian (and UGA Vet School graduate) at a deer ranch in my second year at West Virginia University and I was so deeply impressed by his demeanor and mastery that I was immediately inspired to try my hand at becoming a veterinarian. It was then very fortunate that my home state university had the perfect major for me.


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Hannah Vesper

Fisheries & Wildlife, Wildlife Sciences (fall 2022)

Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia

I've always had a vast appreciation for nature and the species that we share the planet with. I want to help conserve wildlife for future generations to enjoy and appreciate as much as I do! I came to UGA without having any idea as to what I wanted to do, I am super grateful to have come across Warnell and find my place at the University. The classes and people I have met here have brought valuable experiences and knowledge that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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 Starla Wood

Fisheries and Wildlife, Pre-Vet Emphasis (spring 2023)

Hometown: Lilburn, Georgia

I want to prepare myself for veterinary school while obtaining hands on experience with wildlife and natural resources. I hope to align my passion for the outdoors and its creatures with my undergraduate education.