Texas A&M Ph.D. student joins 2021 GSPA cohort
Michael McCloy, a third-year Ph.D. student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdisciplinary Program at Texas A&M University and a Graduate Research Fellow with the Welder Wildlife Foundation, was one of 22 students to receive the 2021 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award.
This award allows graduate students to receive training in policy and communication prior to meeting with lawmakers. During the month of April, recipients will meet virtually to gain knowledge about the federal legislative process and science funding, to hear from ecologists working in federal agencies, and to meet with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill. The Congressional Visit Day provides GSPA recipients the opportunity to connect with policymakers and discuss the importance of federal funding and the need for research relief for biological and ecological sciences.
McCloy works in the avian ecology lab of Dr. Jacquelyn Grace and studies how bird communities respond to environmental disturbance. Specifically, his research investigates the resiliency of songbird communities following hurricanes along the Gulf Coast of the United States. His interest in science policy is motivated by a deep desire to develop sustainable, science-based policy and management initiatives that improve biodiversity conservation efforts and engage local communities. McCloy has a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and Management from Western Carolina University.
To learn more about the Ecological Society of America Graduate Student Policy Award and its 2021 recipients, read the press release announcement.