A white-tailed deer fawn captured in North Carolina near grassy bald Big Hump.

A white-tailed deer fawn captured in North Carolina near grassy bald Big Hump.

I’m Summer Higdon. I am a Graduate Research Assistant at Mizzou studying eastern spotted skunks in the Arkansas Ozarks.

My Background:

I earned my B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and B.A. in International Studies at North Carolina State University in May 2014. During my time at NC State, I became heavily involved with University Housing and the Caldwell Fellows Program, and took every opportunity possible to travel.

Since graduation, I have worked on numerous research projects involving coyotes, black bears, bobcats, fox, raccoons, northern flying squirrels, and white-tailed deer.  Now I am taking on my own research project on eastern spotted skunks in graduate school.  Check out my CV for more details.

I grew up in Matthews, North Carolina. Despite its proximity to the city, Matthews is bustling with wildlife and I learned to love the outdoors from my suburban backyard. I enjoy hiking, hunting and fishing, cooking for friends and family, and spending time with my cute pets Jewel the ball python and Peanut the pup.

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