Luis Abreu-Socorro

What are your majors? Wildlife ecology, certificate in environmental studies

Expected graduation: May 2022

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? After studying abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands the summer after my freshman year, I decided that I wanted to continue advocating for environmentalism. This experience in the Caribbean exposed me to the field of marine ecology, which I would not have been able to pursue in Wisconsin. The class focused on marine megafauna (e.g. sea turtles, sharks, rays, etc.) and how they were being affected by ecotourism and resource management. The class and research related activities sparked my interest and I soon knew what I wanted to study.

When I returned to UW-Madison after the program, I decided to declare the wildlife ecology major in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the environmental studies certificate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and continue my studies in the field of marine ecology, specifically studying cetacean (e.g. dolphins, whales, etc.) populations and their behavior.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? CESP is a wonderful program that exposes you to different aspects of environmentalism that you normally would not learn about in class. Some examples of the assignments in CESP include reading and discussing books related to the environment and social issues and creating service projects dedicated to helping our local communities. I especially enjoy how people from different backgrounds with similar interests are brought together to become friends and collaborate.