Abstract # 236:

Scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:06 AM-11:18 AM: (Cascade F) Oral Presentation


C. J. Leeson
Seattle Central College, Humanities/Social Sciences Division, 1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
     I was a participant in the Tinjl Program in both 2000 and 2001; the experience would not only serve to profoundly influence the course of my career, but forever changed how I see myself and my capabilities. While my work on Tinjil primarily involved assisting with the yearly Macaca fascicularis population assessment on the island, I learned far more beyond the intricacies of estimating primate densities. I came away with a love of conservation and understanding of the balance between meeting the needs of humans and protecting endangered species; an appreciation of experiencing and showing respect for other cultures; and an overall appreciation for the transformative power of education. The greatest lesson I came away with was not to believe in the limits we put on ourselves; I never thought I would survive, much less thrive, in an environment far from home - without indoor plumbing and air conditioning. My career path was impacted greatly by my Tinjil experience. I would never have considered graduate school prior to this, but was so inspired by the program that I applied to and became a graduate student in the Psychology department at the University of Washington. Now, as an instructor at Seattle Central College, I work with students from all over the world, passing on my love of primates, research methods, and the importance of cultural exchange.