Kealey Viglielmo | St. Lawrence University Biology

Kealey Viglielmo

Kealey Viglielmo
Class year: 
Conservation Biology
Outdoor Studies
Woodstock, NY

The natural world, within which we revolve, has shaped my identity. Thanks to the Conservation Biology department at St. Lawrence University I am headed on a trajectory that will enable me to proactively preserve the flora and fauna whose identities also circulate around this dynamic earth. This past summer I was granted the opportunity to work with Adirondack Raptors, an independent organization founded by retired high school Biology professor Mr. Mark Manske, studying American Kestrel, Goshawk and Coopers Hawk populations in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. In addition, I had the pleasure of working alongside Dr. Susan Willson of St. Lawrence’s Biology department monitoring regional nesting songbirds. These experiences have broadened my horizons, bringing my awareness to new vistas I had no previous vantage, let alone, conception of before. Along with the gracious summer Internship Fellowship award that landed me here in Canton as an undergraduate, St. Lawrence has given me more than I ever could have asked for. The diversity of the clubs and organizations offered here on campus are far-reaching, topped only by the individuals that make them unique. From Permaculture to Lettuce Turnip the Beat (Food Justice Club), from Environmental Action Organization (EAO) to Divestment Club and all the wilderness outings spurred by the Outing Program and Club the only disadvantage is never having enough time to be a part of them all. I’ve been fortunate enough to manage a semester abroad in the Adirondacks working with faculty and students that have effectively altered my life for the better. With their help this college experience has been, not only worth my while, but exceptionally enjoyable.