Big Thicket National Preserve
Soren George-Nichol is the new CVA at Big Thicket National Preserve. She Grew up in Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia (and spent a brief semester in China in high school). Moving around so much as a kid definitely gave her a love of exploring and traveling. She completed a degree in Biology at George Washington University. While completing her degree she considered working in animal husbandry and had internships working with lemurs, big cats, and great apes. She was able to complete a field studies course in South Africa while getting her undergraduate degree and got to spend an amazing year completing a thesis on Bumble Bee foraging behavior at GWU. After College she spent four months doing education and outreach about aquatic invasive species at Lake Mead NRA. After that she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years doing deforestation and sustainable agricultural work in West Africa. After that she worked on Kure Atoll, a remote island 1,500 miles NW of Honolulu doing invasive plant removal and wildlife monitoring. After a few months of trail work she accepted the CVA position at Big Thicket and is slowly adjusting to things like electricity and running water (and internet!!) which are things that have been few and far between over the last three years.