|Adriel Husereau-Animal Science|
Adriel launched out into the field of marine animal training at Sea World resorts right after her graduation from UNL in 2007. She now trains killer whales ranging in age from 2 years to 33 years. “They are so smart; they test and challenge you every day. It is pretty surreal at times, but always wonderfully exciting and challenging.”
Stacie Jacob-Agricultural Journalism
Stacie was recognized in 2008 as one of the Top 20 Under 40 leaders by the San Luis Obispo Tribune. She grew up in a small farming community in Nebraska and graduated from University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a degree in Agricultural Journalism.
Kyle Schmit-Mechanized Systems Management
Eric Schacht-Fisheries and Wildlife
Eric Schacht graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2006 with a B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. He spent last spring and summer in the southern African nation of Namibia where he completed a fellowship with the Grassland Foundation.
Many questions ran through my head as I prepared to travel to the Southern African nation of Namibia as a fellow for the Grassland Foundation, a non-profit conservation group based in Lincoln. When I discovered the Grassland Foundation was looking for someone to pioneer internship opportunities in Namibia for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), I jumped at the opportunity. I am a 2006 graduate of the UNL Fisheries and Wildlife program. After graduation, I spent two years in the Peace Corps as a Natural Resource Extension Agent in the West African country of Mali. I then worked on one of the bison ranches owned by Ted Turner in the Nebraska Sandhills.
The main objective of my work in Namibia was to develop relationships for future UNL students to learn about nature-based tourism on private lands and to develop research projects for them.
The Namib Rand Nature Reserve (NRNR). NRNR is located in southwestern Namibia and is a private, nonprofit nature reserve established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the Namib Desert. Unlike most privately owned ranches in Namibia, which have both cattle and wildlife tourism operations, NRNR is dedicated exclusively to wildlife. Because it is privately owned, it must be economically sustainable to provide high-quality, low-impact tourism to generate income.
I spent the first two weeks on the Reserve working with staff, checking game cameras and participating in their annual game count. NRNR wardens and rangers spend much of their time monitoring wildlife through these methods and it helps them to understand the dynamic ecology of the area. This knowledge, in turn, helps them to manage their natural resources.