During fall 2018, senior sustainable development major Patrick Ross embarked on the journey of a lifetime to the remote forest of Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve on the island of Madagascar. With the help of a Gilman Scholarship, Ross spent a semester conducting a biodiversity assessment to catalog small carnivores that live in the rainforest.
“I’ve wanted to protect the rainforest since I was a kid,” he shared. “It’s such an incredibly unique place that holds more life than any other place on the planet. I wanted to do something to make a difference – something that would impact conservation.”