Heather Kershner Foudray is a University of Florida student studying abroad for a week in Summer A 2017 in Belize. To learn more about her program, click here: UF in Belize – Marine Ecology and Conservation.
- What is your year and academic concentration?
I am a senior in the online Environmental Science IS program. I am focusing my efforts on ecology and habitat loss prevention for coastal regions. I would love to continue my education in conservation and sustainability practices.
- Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have never traveled abroad before. I’m a military spouse and brat and the furthest I’ve gone is Hawaii.
- Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
- Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I am studying Ecology and Conservation in the tropics, specifically the barrier reef systems off the coast of Belize. I chose this because I am passionate about the coral reef bleaching and loss we are experiencing from rising ocean temperatures and increased eco tourism. Ideally I would love to help find a way to partner sustainable eco tourism with conservation practices so further loss is prevented.
- What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
Field work! I have never had the opportunity to have real field study time. I can’t wait to get there and do real research, not just volunteer activist work.
- What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I love theater, singing, hiking, SCUBA diving (I’m a divemaster!), and sharing all of these experiences with my children and husband.
- Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am a mom to 4 amazing kiddos and am doing my best to instill a passion for our Earth wonder for the world around them. I have a supportive husband who spends his time fighting for other’s freedom while still ensuring I have time to follow my dreams as well. I am a non traditional student who attended UF well over a decade ago for nursing. I’m very thankful for modern technology and online programs so I can follow my dreams of being a scientist and working to save our oceans!