Welcome Caroline to the Lab!
Welcome Caroline, our newest undergraduate researcher! Caroline Ward was named a 2022 Auburn Undergraduate Research Fellow, one of the most prestigious awards offered from Auburn University. The Fellowship enables top undergraduates learn how to conduct research in Auburn University Labs. Caroline will be working with Masters student Thomas Moorman on research which examines how stakeholders enact wildlife conservation policy in Subsaharan African and how national parks function as conservation tools in Southern Africa.
Caroline had an exciting childhood growing up in a military family and moved every few years leading up to her acceptance at Auburn University. This gave her countless opportunities to travel across the country and gain exposure to diverse groups of people and various environments. This constant change in environments instilled in her a love for people that has been one of the driving factors in the decisions she has made throughout her career.
She is an undergrad in the College of Business studying Business Administration with a double minor in Nonprofit & Philanthropic Studies and International Studies. Starting off as a freshman, the business route seemed as the best fit but she always felt there was something missing. That same semester she walked through a tragedy that softened her heart towards the philanthropic sector and now looks forward to a career in the non-profit sector. She will use her business background to serve non-profit organizations through administrative work and hopefully have a more hands on approach. Caroline is a part-time employee at the Auburn Recreation and Wellness Center. She also serves as an Intern for the nonprofit, Third Lens Ministries, and works on their Business Development and HR teams. On top of school, these time commitments don’t leave her with much free time but she does make time to workout out at her crossfit gym, Crossfit on the Plains!
The opportunity to work in the Conservation Governance Lab gives her the opportunity to bring her knowledge out of the classroom and work in a research based capacity. This will help her pursue her aspirations to work on philanthropy related-research, examining ecological and social differences between government-run and privately-run conservation organizations for poverty alleviation.