Experiential Science Education - Yanayacu, Ecuador 2010

Jahna Locke

Hometown:  Jaco, Costa Rica

University/Department:  University of Wyoming:  International Studies and Spanish

Why did you decide to go on the Yanayacu Research Trip?  I took Dr. Shaw's class, I have a personal love of travel,  I wanted to see a remote part of Ecuador and I am going to be in the classroom and I want to have first hand knowledge of environmental issues.

What was the most important thing you learned?  The connection between a person and an unadulterated place, enjoying paradise and being completely enveloped by a place, an academic connection to real world, to improve sustainability and undoing the damage we have done.

How has this experience changed you?    Personally ,it has been incredibly liberating.  It is a beautiful place, untouched. Academically, it has reinforced what I have learned.  I have discovered connections between my studies and this part of the world.

What are your plans for the future?  Professionally I would like to do what I can to share this experience.  As a globally minded citizen, I would like to do what I can to preserve this place and places like it.

What advice would you give a young scientist?  There is nothing like going out and experiencing it for your yourself.  To see the connecting parts.

If you would like to ask Jahna a question about science please send her an email at:  jahna.locke@gmail.com