Mallary Rae Parker

Class of 2020

I studied Natural Resources with an emphasis in Conservation Biology at the University of Arizona and graduated in May 2019. I got a minor in MCB, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and another in Anthropology. I can do research on animals, plants, genetics, and cultures and hope to eventually find a position that combines all of those passions into work that empowers communities to conserve their environment.

I have done research on plant genetics, the biodiversity of the Kimberly region in Western Australia, frog genetics, lizard behavior patterns on the UA campus, and the bird diversity of Tumamoc Hill. I really enjoy fieldwork and have always had an interest in learning more about insects so I am truly grateful to be researching butterflies with LHIP. I have been to national parks in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington and my favorite park is still in my home town of Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park East, where I have had the good fortune to get this internship! I am more than grateful to everyone who helped me get this position and look forward to working with everyone in this wonderful program and park.