2020-2021 TWS Officers

jennaJenna Turpin | President |

Hey Wildlifers! My name is Jenna Turpin and I am a third year Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology major. My time in 4-H sparked my interest in animals and inspired me to pursue research. I especially love to work with birds! Every spring, I intern for the Putah Creek Nestbox Highway Project. I also get to study birds interning in the Patricelli Lab investigating Greater Sage-Grouse lekking behavior. This past summer I started working at the Auburn State Recreation Area as a Seasonal Park Aide. I am also involved in another club on campus, Girls Outdoor Adventure in Leadership and Science (GOALS). GOALS organizes a free yearly backpacking trip for girls and non-binary youth of diverse backgrounds. I am honored to serve The Wildlife Society as President this year. I am looking forward to helping my fellow budding wildlife professionals navigate our undergraduate careers!

Web-_0000_00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20190328173821216.jpgSophia Virata | Vice President |

Hey there! My name is Sophia Virata and I am a third year Animal Science major. Prior to becoming an officer, I volunteered for animal shelters and veterinary hospitals, and interned with the UC Davis Goat Barn and the Putah Creek Nestbox Highway Project. I have also worked with the UC Davis Small Animal Rehabilitation center. In the future, I hope to become a wildlife veterinarian and get involved with global conservation efforts. Outside of school, I love exploring new places with friends and eating lots of great food. Being a part of The Wildlife Society has been great for helping me develop my interests in wildlife care and learning more about professional networking. I’m so excited to return as an officer this year and see all the events we have planned!!

Web - AnitaAnita Khammann | Secretary |

Hi wildlifers! My name is Anita Khammann, and I am a third year here at UC Davis. I am a Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology major with a minor in Animal Science. I love working with all kinds of animals. In the past, I have volunteered at a pet adoption center and interned at the UC Davis VMTH in community medicine. Currently, I am volunteering at the Wildlife Care Association in Sacramento. I am also working as a student assistant in the Aquatic Health Program at the CABA aquatic toxicology lab. After I graduate, I plan to go to veterinary school and become a marine/aquatic veterinarian. Some of my hobbies include painting, cooking, eating out with friends, and rewatching my favorite show, The Office. I’m excited to continue being part of TWS here at UC Davis and look forward to meeting all of you guys!

Alex Zavala| Treasurer|

Bio Pending

bruceBruce Markman | Chapter Representative |

Bruce is a 3rd year Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology major and Geographic Information Systems minor at UC Davis. This is Bruce’s second year working with the Wildlife Society as a Chapter Representative for UC Davis. Bruce is passionate about wildlife conservation, ecology, and outdoor recreation. His future goals include pursuing graduate school to gain further experience in the wildlife conservation biology field and eventually becoming a professional biologist. Bruce has done fieldwork/research for the Fangue lab, UC Natural Reserve System in Northern/Southern California, Scripps Oceanography, and San Diego County Parks and Recreation. In his spare time Bruce enjoys mountain biking, surfing, playing guitar, photography, and volunteering for local conservation organizations. Bruce is eager to get students involved with TWS and engage them with networking opportunities, social events, and professional development.

Web- UnnamedAudrey Yang | Design Coordinator |

Hi everyone! I’m Audrey Yang and I’m a third year Animal Biology major and Avian Science minor here at UC Davis. Graphic design is my passion, of course, but so is working with animals – wildlife especially! I’ve taken care of animals ranging from possums to peacocks with the Pasadena Humane Society’s Wildlife Husbandry program, and I intern with the Putah Creek Nestbox Highway and the King Lab. During quarantine, I’ve been busy testing new recipes, needle felting, and hanging out with my dog. In the future, I plan to proceed to graduate school to be a wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian. For now, I plan to broaden my experiences working with all kinds of animals and making the best of the 2020-2021 school year!

Sara Ostad Rahimi | External Public Relations Coordinator |

Bio Pending

marioMario Rodriguez | Internal Public Relations Coordinator |

Hey 🙂 I’m Mario Rodriguez and I am a 4th year UC Davis student studying Design and Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. In the past I have researched phenotypic plasticity in the aggregating anemone and assisted with the purple sea urchin Urchinomics project at Bodega Marine Laboratory. I have also volunteered the Wood Duck Project, Putah Creek Nestbox Highway, and at a zooarchaeology lab with the Anthropology department.

I am currently a graphic designer for my school’s newspaper, The California Aggie, am interning with the Putah Creek Council doing restoration work, am a student assistant at my campus art museum, the Manetti Shrem Museum, and work as a lab technician at The Center for Watershed Sciences assisting with research on Coho Salmon.

I’m looking forward to getting to know all the new and returning members to TWS and helping build a community of wildlifers here on campus!

alanaAlana Webre | Philanthropy Coordinator |

Hi everyone, my name is Alana Webre and I’m so excited to be returning as Philanthropy Coordinator this year! I’m a third year Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning major, with minors in History and International Relations. In addition to being a TWS officer, I’m a commissioner on the Student Sustainability Career Fair Committee and the Environmental Policy and Planning Commission; I’m also the Green Workplace Coordinator at the UC Davis Office of Sustainability. In my free time, I love exploring the natural beauty of Northern California, cooking, making ceramic art, and tending to my impossibly large houseplant collection. I’m looking forward to helping students give back to the community as safely and effectively as possible this year!