Title: PhD Student
Hi, my name is Emma, and I am originally from Silver Spring, Maryland. I earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Queens University of Charlotte where I was also a member of the softball team. I then obtained a M.S. in Marine Sciences from Savannah State University focusing on genetic analysis, nesting, and movement patterns of green sea turtles in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Since graduation from Savannah State in 2016, I have worked in several marine ecology-related positions including as a science educator at the Tybee Island Marine Science center, sea turtle biologist for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and most recently, assistant coordinator for the Mississippi Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network.
At Mississippi State University, I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. within the Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Department under the mentorship of Dr. Ray Iglay and Dr. Kristine Evans. My research interests include utilizing technology and machine learning applications to conduct novel wildlife research. Broadly, my interests also include the conservation of threatened and endangered species, as well as the impacts of climate change. My Ph.D. research will incorporate applications of small Unoccupied Aerial Systems (sUAS) in wildlife management with a focus on quantifying biases in wildlife monitoring associated with animal behaviors. In my free time, you will find me cheering on the MSU sports teams, scuba diving, or out on the tennis court. Hail State!
Personal Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-schultz-357a2555