Back from his winter break trip in Gabon to research the biodiversity of the region, Eli Vitale ‘14 will give a presentation on his experience on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. in the Geneva Room.
Vitale participated in an internship with the Smithsonian Gabon Biodiversity program whose purpose is to generate a further understanding of biodiversity in the Gamba landscape through scientific research, conservation efforts and management practices geared towards minimizing the impact of development on biodiversity.
“This experience was an irreplaceable opportunity for me,” says Vitale. “I gained valuable experience in a field that I have been passionate about. It has been my dream to study wild animals.”
The internship enabled Vitale to pursue an intensive and field-based abroad experience outside the academic semester, something he had not been able to do during the course of the semester because of his academic and athletic commitments. He was a member of the Hobart soccer team through junior year.
Vitale, who is a biology and environmental studies double major, notes his interest in the field dates back to his childhood.
“I have been interested in wildlife conservation and biology since before I even knew what the terms meant,” he comments. “As a young boy I had the opportunity to spend countless hours in the woods behind my house in Red Creek, N.Y., studying animal tracks, catching frogs and snakes and hiking.”
The HWS and Geneva communities are cordially invited to attend this event.