The Office for Undergraduate Research would like to welcome Kate Pitts to our Ambassador team! As an OUR Ambassador, Kate will work with students to help them achieve their research goals while offering guidance and insight based on her own research experiences. Kate Pitts is a sophomore at The University of Alabama majoring in Anthropology with a minor in GIS and Multimedia to Promote Conservation. Her research interests include agriculture, tropical conservation, cultural ecology, environmental anthropology, and environmental policy. During her freshman year Kate worked with Dr. Meek, an anthropology professor, identifying variables that contribute to rural school closures in Brazil in response to a rise in agroindustrial capitalism. She also studied abroad and researched with Dr. Steinberg in Belize, monitoring conch populations and examining ways in which marine reserves can be improved and better managed for optimum conservation. Kate plans to continue researching the social and economic effects of current tropical conservation policies, and to write a paper with Dr. Steinberg. She also plans to present her research at URCA this year. After graduation Kate plans to join the Peace Corps before earning her masters in Environmental Anthropology. Welcome to the team, Kate!