Maddie grew up on a small southern farm in Gloucester, Virginia where her experiences animals shaped who she is today as a wildlife biologist.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation from Brigham Young University in 2020 and immediately started pursuing a Master’s. She has now shifted her master’s project into a Ph.D. project studying mountain goats and rare plants. She absolutely adores her research and the mountains where she lives remotely for two months of hiking, ATVing, and riding horseback to collect data.
Maddie has traveled on three humanitarian trips to Tonga, Peru, and Paraguay, where she taught English and built houses, classrooms, and hospitals. She also attended and loved Loop Abroad’s very first Thailand Veterinary Semester Abroad in Fall 2016. She has also enjoyed many vacations outside the country – her favorite being a surf school in Costa Rica.
When she is not in the classroom or collecting data, she volunteers and assists state agencies managing wildlife. She has experience with electrofishing; collaring mountain goats, deer, and bears; bird surveys; and many other fun wildlife activities.
When she has time for other activities, Madison loves kayaking, hiking, playing intramural soccer, skiing, working on house projects, reading, playing piano, binge-watching Netflix shows, and spending time with her family, friends, and animals.
Madison is ecstatic to be working with Loop Abroad and cannot wait to facilitate experiences just as unique and life-altering as the one she had as a student!