From an early age, Jessica Davis had a passion for animals and,
after a memorable high school anatomy lab, she knew working
with them was her calling. Davis supplemented her collegiate
studies with an internship at the Indianapolis Zoo, where she
led “Creature Features,” a program where she educated students
and parents interactively about the ways animals are suited for
their environment. She also cared for the animals during routine
feeding and cleaning.
Davis spent three weeks in South Africa where she gained handson
experience with large game animals, including routine health
checks, game transports, and treatments aimed at reducing
poaching of endangered wildlife. This experience is what solidified
her career path.
“Wildlife face much bigger issues today than ever before. An
active and concerted effort focused on ecosystem health, habitat
preservation, and restoration of the land is what’s needed. And
that’s what I am interested in—the human impact on ecosystems
and the organisms in them. It is responsible stewardship in action.”
Davis credits her success to her Marian University professors.
“I have never had the privilege to work with a more dedicated
and passionate group of professors. I respect their opinions, their
thoughts, and the prowess of their knowledge. They have had a
profound impact on my growth, both intellectually and personally.
They are part of the reason why I work so diligently. I want to make
Davis is currently the assistant director of the Center for Earth and
Environmental Science at Indiana University-Purdue University
Indianapolis (IUPUI). She received a full-ride scholarship to
the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI and is
planning to graduate in spring 2016 with a master of public affairs
degree in urban sustainability.