Janel L. Lajoie is currently earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Ecology and Conservation. She anticipates graduating summa cum laude in December 2014.
Janel is interested in the areas of wildlife management, forest ecology, wildlife/forest interactions, conservation biology, ecological systems, sustainability, and quantitative research. In 2013, while an undergraduate at Southern Oregon University, Janel conducted research for the university in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy for the purpose of establishing data in 93 control plots in the Ashland, Oregon watershed. Janel utilized GPS and GIS software, determined and navigated to the plot locations, collected and recorded variable and fixed plot data, and applied data analysis techniques to establish baseline information for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project Legacy Tree Effectiveness Monitoring Plan.
Janel is proud to be a Ford Family Foundation Opportunity Award recipient. Janel’s undergraduate education has been supported by scholarships she has received from the Southern Oregon University Foundation, such as the Bosworth Memorial Scholarship, the Akerill Memorial Scholarship, and the Columbia Pacific Foundation Scholarship. Additional support has been received from the community in the form of the Soroptimist’s chapter and regional Women’s Opportunity Awards. Janel is consistently included on Southern Oregon University’s Presidents List, and was named the Outstanding Junior of the Year in Environmental Studies for Ecology and Conservation.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies and graduation from Southern Oregon University, Janel is looking forward to continuing her academic journey by attending a conservation and ecology based doctoral program which will allow her opportunities for field work and research in harmony with nature. Janel is looking forward to conducting research with colleagues – the results of which will have a positive effect on communities and the planet.
McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gregory Jones, Chair, Environmental Studies Department