Experiential Science Education - Yanayacu, Ecuador 2010

Mary Centrella

Hometown:  Jackson, Wyoming

University/Department:  University of Wyoming:  Biology and Spanish

Why did you decide to go on the Yanayacu Research Trip?  I wanted to see what it would be like to really work on a research project.  This was an amazing opportunity.  I love insects and hiking

What was the most important thing you learned?  There is so much more biodiversity that I didn't know about, so much information and so much more science yet to be discovered.  I think about the world differently now.

How has this experience changed you?    This has made me realize how much I really like being outdoors and how important it is for me to choose a career where I can do this everyday.  People who live in the city don't realize what's out there.

What are your plans for the future?  I plan on finishing college and the following year I plan on going to India to study social justice, women's rights, and to raise money for a school.

What advice would you give a young scientist? Never suppress your curiosity, don't put other things above learning.

If you would like to ask Mary a question about science please send her an email at: mcentrel@uwyo.edu