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Day Scott, a science professional and non-traditional student, embarks on a remarkable academic journey shaped by a life-altering car accident, with a herd of pronghorn, resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her resilience and passion for wildlife conservation drive her pursuit of higher education, a testament to her determination in turning obstacles into opportunities for growth and positive change.

At the University of Idaho, she's working towards an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Science, maintaining a high GPA despite disabilities and barriers. Day holds distinctions as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and a McNair Scholar.  

Day's academic journey is marked by her dedication to wildlife science, research passion, and conservation commitment. Her navigation through TBI rehabilitation serves as an inspiration, showcasing the transformative power of passion and determination in the face of adversity. Her future goals include expanding her research portfolio to work with a wider range of animal species and delve deeper into evolutionary biology. As a naturalist, environmental educator, conservation photographer, and science communicator, she emerges as a dynamic force in the field of wildlife science, poised to make significant contributions to research, conservation, and public awareness of the intricate beauty and ecological importance of the natural world.

Other Science Education 

  • University of Wyoming - Naturalist Certification

  • University of California - Naturalist Certification 

  • NOLS  - Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

  • NAI - Certified Interpretive Guide

Research Projects

  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance - San Diego, CA (2023)

    • Institute for Conservation Research

    • Recovery Ecology - Burrowing Owl Team​​

    • Melissa Merrick, PI

  • Southwestern Research Station - Portal, AZ (2022)

    • Hawkwatch International

    • Forest Owl Study, Dave Oleyar

  • University of Idaho - Wyoming, USA  (2021)​

    • Burrowing Owl Migration Project

    • Courtney Conway, PI​

University of Idaho

Major: Wildlife Sciences

Current GPA

3.8 - 4.0

Scholar Programs

McNair Scholar

Doris Duke Conservation Scholar

President - National Forestry Honor Society - Epsilon Chapter

Current Lab

Parent-Harmon Biological Lab

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Former Lab

Rowley Lab


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