Sophia Weinmann, Fulbright recipient

Sophia Weinmann is the recipient of a 2016 Fulbright Award. Sophia Weinmann

She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and completed undergraduate studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. In 2011, Sophia graduated with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies. After college, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Guinea, West Africa. As a PCV, she developed an interest in the human dimensions of conservation and an understanding of grassroots development. She taught environmental education at the middle school and secured a grant to establish a beekeeping co-operative and three apiaries totaling 25 hives. 

Sophia says "I was drawn to the University of Montana by their unique program in International Conservation and Development and the opportunity to complete a degree that complements my experiences abroad." She will spend next year abroad in Kenya to complete thesis research on how changing agricultural practices can deter crop-raiding elephants and reduce regional human-elephant conflict. After completing her master’s degree she will to seek work with a research organization in Sub-Saharan Africa that utilizes scientific research to ensure a sustainable future for wildlife by working sensitively and effectively within the local contexts. Sophia hopes to conduct field research, which advances knowledge within the scientific community, fosters ecologically-just international development, and benefits society by ameliorating human-wildlife coexistence.