Claremont, Calif. (April 18, 2016)—Pitzer College student Jenna Loesberg ’18 has been selected as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar as part of the Landscape Conservation Initiative at Northern Arizona University (NAU). NAU’s two-year program is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholar program creates opportunities for college students to study conservation issues in the Grand Canyon region, where they will participate in land, water and wildlife conservation research and internships. This summer, Loesberg will work on pressing environmental problems during the program’s five-week Summer Immersion Program. The following summer, she will intern with an environmentally focused nonprofit, academic or government-affiliated partner of the program.
An environmental analysis major, Loesberg is passionate about wildlife conservation. Last summer, she interned at Haleakalā National Park in Maui, HI, where she grew up. Loesberg worked with the park’s Endangered Wildlife Management team to help protect native wildlife, including nēnē (the Hawaiian goose) and ‘ua’u (Hawaiian petrel).
Loesberg said that it’s crucial to undertake conservation efforts now, both to address near-term environmental challenges and to create long-term solutions.
“Conserving our environment ensures that future generations have the same access to nature and resources that we do,” she said.
After graduation, Loesberg hopes to work in the field of endangered- and threatened-species conservation, focusing on “how these species are affected by climate change, and how we can reduce our impact on them.”
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program @NAU is hosted by Northern Arizona University’s Landscape Conservation Initiative, in collaboration with Conservation Science Partners and The Grand Canyon Trust. The initiative serves to strengthen the conservation profession by inspiring and educating undergraduate students from across the country who can make significant contributions to broadening the field of conservation.