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Amazing Student: Jennifer McDaniel

jennifer with a birdExpected graduation: December 2016

Degree: Wildlife Sciences and Forestry

University/Warnell highlights, achievements and awards: 
During my time at Warnell, I’ve been involved in various clubs and served as an ambassador and Vice President of the UGA Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society.  I’ve also participated in Wildlife Conclave in 2015 and 2016 and competed in Quiz Bowl at the 2015 TWS Annual Meeting and at 2016 Conclave. In the summer of 2015, I participated in an internship at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge in McBee, SC, where I assisted with timber cruising and marking, and also banded mourning doves.  It was my first hands-on experience with longleaf pine ecosystems, which I quickly fell in love with! This summer I look forward to an equally valuable experience as I work with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, Game Management Section in Waycross, GA. 

Hometown: Waynesboro, GA

High School: Edmund Burke Academy

I chose to attend Warnell because...
My first exposure to Warnell was as a 9th grader when I attended the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop in Tifton.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for high school students to learn about Georgia’s natural resources from many different state and federal agencies, and I highly recommend it! I was also exposed to Warnell and it’s wonders as a 4-H’er while participating in Forestry Field Day. Several faculty and staff assist with the event and are instrumental in making it happen every year. 

My favorite places on campus are...
Barberitos at Tate, but I don’t study there.  The turtle pond between Warnell and Ecology is always a favorite for studying, and it’s obvious why.  Who doesn’t like studying while turtle watching? 

jennifer at controlled burn

When I have free time, I like…
I’m an avid coloring book fan, so that’s my way to relax.  I even found these great field-guide coloring books that help you learn to identify birds and wildflowers. For the past few years I’ve also enjoyed Sacred Harp singing, which is a form of traditional a cappella shape note music. If you’ve never heard of it, look it up. It’s amazing! 

My favorite professor is...
I won’t get too specific and pick favorites, but I will say that every professor I have had as a student at Warnell is easily my favorite professor.  The level of true passion and innovation is unparalleled. 

The best class I’ve taken in Warnell is…
The prescribed fire spring break course.  Who wouldn’t want to earn course credit while learning the ecological importance of fire and how fire maintained ecosystems function? I will always be thankful for the opportunity to put fire on the ground and experience the process while learning the science and background behind prescribed burning. 

If I knew I could not fail, I would...
pursue every dream I have and enable others to do the same. 

If money was not a consideration, I would love to...
return to Australia and New Zealand and reflect on what I experienced before I was a Warnell student and return to those unique environments with a new outlook.

jennifer with conclave team