Alicia Walsh


Senior Alicia Walsh has always had a deep love for animals and is committed to learning more about their care and conservation.  She came to the University of New Hampshire from Franklin, Massachusetts and became a bio-medical science major with a pre-veterinary intent.  Her mentor, Professor Drew Conroy, told her about his research in the African country of Namibia and the research done there by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF).  After contacting the organization and working with Dr. Anne Schmidt- Küntzel, the geneticist at CCF, she applied for and received an International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) grant from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research to go to the CCF and analyze the diets of carnivores in the area.  She did this research to help aid the plight of the cheetah by creating a better picture of their diet and its impact on their human and natural environments.  By working on this project she learned a great deal about Namibian wildlife conservation and performing DNA and scat analysis. She discovered how much she loved traveling and working with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Alicia will graduate from UNH this spring and will then apply to veterinary schools.  She has yet to decide what kinds of animals she wants to work with for a career, but this experience has opened her eyes to possibly working with exotics.