Conducting research in a classroom laboratory is one thing; exploring the habitats and survival patterns of bats—in the middle of the night, in a dark forest—is another.
Thanks to a recent field research internship, Centre College biology major Daniel Hayes ’17 spent his summer doing just that.
While Hayes’ work with Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc., a Kentucky firm that specializes in environmental regulatory compliance and ecological inventories, focused on aerial telemetry research and the foraging patterns of northern long-eared bats, the senior says the summer-long field study also exposed him to a future career.
“My internship gave me a real-world picture of how field biology would be as a profession moving forward,” explains Hayes. “It also created the opportunity to build on field-based laboratory classes at Centre, providing a feel for what a field biologist actually does.”
The opportunity to complete undergraduate research or an internship such as this is guaranteed to every Centre student through the Centre Commitment.
by Amy Clark Wise
August 31, 2016