Nerisa Taua (Samoan - Pacific Islander)

Master's Student

Field of Study

Forestry and Natural Resources

Home Town

Fitiuta, American Samoa


May 2018 - B.S., Environmental Studies with a Minor in English, Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI

Research Focus

Evaluating landscape-scale habitat features associated with specific Samoan and Tongan flying foxes activities

Major Advisor

Dr. Patrick A.  Zollner, Forestry and Natural Resources

Professional Organization Membership:

Forestry & Natural Resources Graduate Student Council, Secretary

Purdue University American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Treasurer

The Wildlife Society (TWS), National Member

TWS Native Student Professional Development Program (NSPDP), Member

TWS Midwest Bat Working Group, Member

Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society), Member

Honors, Grants, Awards and Activities:

2020, University of Illinois Sloan UCEM Conference

2019, Midwest Bat Working Group Meeting

2019, FNR Charles L. Michler Scholarship

2018, American Indian Science & Engineering Society Conference

2018, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarship

2018, Purdue University Bridge Program

2017-2018, TWS Native Student Professional Development Grant

2014 - 2018, American Samoa Government Scholarship

2014  -2016, Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Wells Fargo

Nerisa Taua

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