New Member Q&A: Marisa Cigliano

Marisa Cigliano, daughter of Marine Section President, Dr. John Cigliano, recently joined SCB. Marisa is a senior at Parkland High School in Allentown, PA, U.S.A and plans on studying environmental studies and conservation biology next year at a four year college. After her undergraduate studies, Marisa hopes to join the Peace Corps and then pursue a PhD in wildlife ecology and conservation.

How did you become interested in conservation? 

I've always had a strong passion for conservation but it wasn't until about a year ago that I considered making it my future. Throughout my childhood, my father, Dr. John Cigliano, brought environmental conservation into our family and lifestyle. Because of this, I developed a strong appreciation for our environment, surrounding nature, and those we share everything with. Our countless adventures throughout the years (Australia, New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands) provided personal exposures to the beauties my father works to protect. With such a strongly developed love for our environment, it would be irrational for me to think I would end up in any other area of study. 

What are your future goals in the field of conservation?

 I have a strong interest in wildlife ecology and conservation and I aspire to become a field conservationist. One who studies wildlife populations in national parks or reserves but also one who interacts with local communities who could greatly contribute to the protection of endangered species. I'd like to deal with poaching and trafficking forces that are increasingly affecting our beloved species.

You attended ICCB in Montpellier, France. What was your favorite part about the conference? 

While I only spent a day at the conference in Montpelier, I loved what I saw. Scientists coming together for a common goal: to educate each other by sharing their work towards conservation. I could sense a unified love, appreciation and devotion to our natural world. It was an inspirational insight into what I hope my future will bring.