This picture was taken in Patagonia, Argentina. I was here for an Ecology and Conservation course offered through Cornell University. Throughout the course we explored and studied Patagonia’s wildlife and immense natural beauty. As a student participant I did a small study on Magellanic penguins that lived on a small island. I wanted to find out if the location of nests within this island was indicative of the survival of penguin chicks.

This picture was taken in Patagonia, Argentina. I was here for an Ecology and Conservation course offered through Cornell University. Throughout the course we explored and studied Patagonia’s wildlife and immense natural beauty. As a student participant I did a small study on Magellanic penguins that lived on a small island. I wanted to find out if the location of nests within this island was indicative of the survival of penguin chicks.

Mariacamila Garcia Estrella

My name is Mariacamila Garcia Estrella, although I usually go by Camila. I am from Bogotá, Colombia but I grew up in Miami, FL. I am currently an MPH candidate and soon to be DVM candidate at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. I am hoping to become a wildlife veterinarian and contribute to wildlife conservation in a variety of ways (not just as a vet). I am a strong believer in the philosophy of One Health, the idea that the health of people, animals and the environment are inextricably linked. For this reason, I am most passionate about mitigating the human-wildlife conflict around the world because I believe it is just as important to meet the needs of local people that must coexist with wildlife. Conservation efforts will be futile if we don’t first support indigenous communities that share the land and sea with the animals we want to save. This has motivated me to pursue an MPH in addition to a DVM degree, in the hopes of one day establishing an NGO that can work to help communities and wildlife conservation efforts. I am extremely excited to be attending the Y4WC forum this year! I am most looking forward to meeting and learning from other conservationists from around the world and seeing all the amazing things they are doing to preserve our world’s most endangered species!