Caitlin is from Greensboro, N.C., and came to Radford University to play soccer. She just finished her senior year on the women's soccer team. "It was amazing," she recalls. "I was a senior captain and played outside left back."
When Caitlin first came to Radford University, she says that she felt clueless as to what she wanted to do and didn't declare her major as Biology until her sophomore year. "Once I started taking biology courses I fell in love with animal behavior," she says. "After taking a class in comparative behavior I was offered a summer research position working with eastern bluebirds. This project was looking at stress levels and parental care in eastern bluebirds. I've done this for two summers in a row now and it has gotten me interested in doing research on birds in the Amazon."
Caitlin will be studying scarlet macaws (Ara macao),the large, red, yellow and blue South American parrots, to determine the impact of native sound versus human created noise. As more people move into the area for a variety of reasons, will the sounds of chainsaws, trucks, and general human activity have an impact on these birds?