Institute for the Environment & Sustainability
at Miami University
Student Profile: Jeena Credico (Class of 2012)
- zoology major with an environmental science co-major
- from Toledo, OH
- in the Honors Program
- treasurer of the Zoology Club
"Hi, I'm Jeena Credico. Miami University stood out to me because it had a strong undergraduate zoology department and the student to faculty ratio was smaller, which meant more individualized attention from professors.
"I started out majoring in zoology and added the environmental science co-major after my academic advisor suggested it to me. I've found that the co-major has allowed me to diversify my learning and gain a more global perspective on how other people view the environment. The co-major complemented my zoology major very well and led me to want to learn more about environmental policy and practice.
"I thought that I would go to graduate school in biology or zoology. But, after taking the courses required for the co-major, I've become more passionate about how successful conservation efforts can be established based on society's perspective. Therefore, I plan on applying to graduate schools so that I can obtain a master's degree in environmental practice and policy."
Research on Invasive Species
"I got involved in research my sophomore year. I took a class in the principles of environmental science and there I met a professor who does exciting work with invasive species, in particular, Amur honeysuckle. I started off doing research with him and his PhD student.
"I wanted to do an ecological project and luckily my professor talked with me about working on an ecological project studying the effects of deer herbivory on native tree saplings and Amur honeysuckle. I've had a blast with this project. Fieldwork has allowed me to build key skill sets that I could not have learned in my regular coursework. I'm currently working on making my deer herbivory project into a zoology honors thesis.
"I've also done a study abroad program through Miami called Belize Ecology and Natural History. I had a lot of fun learning about the various cultures in Belize and how the people there view conservation."
"I've been involved with various organizations at Miami, including the Zoology Club, Wildlife Society, and Cords [student volunteers working on projects in the Oxford community, including the Oxford Community Arts Center and Oxford Pantry] . I also played intramural sports, including basketball and broomball.
"I've been a member of the Zoology Club since my freshman year and became treasurer my junior year. Being an officer has helped me to become a better public speaker and leader. Being part of organizations as a whole at Miami has helped me to connect with others with similar interests and to get involved with volunteer work.
"The most exciting volunteer work I've done is with the Animal Adoption Foundation. In the summers, I do volunteer work at Maumee Bay State Park nature center. I help take care of the animals and keep the facilities clean."