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Ecology Major Enjoyed Research Opportunities at Home and Abroad
Rachel Snyder '17

August 24, 2017

Studying ecology at Susquehanna took Rachel Snyder '17 not just out of Selinsgrove but out of the country.

As a sophomore, she went to Costa Rica to study the environment with four professors over spring break. She traveled there again as part of a workshop to study the relationship between leaf cutter ant activities, microbiology, biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes at La Selva Biological Station.

"Both the class and the workshop opportunity allowed me to gain more research experience and inspired me to pursue graduate studies in tropical ecology and amphibians," Snyder said.

Snyder also did research on the effect of the invasive Japanese Knotweed on native species with David Matlaga, assistant professor of biology.

"Having that opportunity also pointed me in the direction of graduate school studies," added Snyder, who presented her research at the Landmark Summer Research Symposium at Goucher College in Towson, Md.

She also worked with Tanya Matlaga, adjunct biology professor, on several amphibian research projects.

"Every professor is approachable, and whether it is for help with schoolwork or personal problems, their doors are always open if I need to speak with them," Snyder said.

After graduating, Snyder landed an internship with Karen Warkentin, Ph.D., at Boston University.

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