Hello! Welcome to my Skype a Scientist page!
Hiya! My name is Margaret Swift, but you can call me Maggie. I'm studying to be an ecologist at Duke University, located in beautiful Durham, North Carolina. Ecology is the study of how all the plants, animals, microbes, and creepy-crawlies all around us work together with rocks, water, sunshine, and soils to create the world we live in.
I study African savannas---yes, just like in The Lion King ! I'm lucky enough to get to travel for my job, which involves watching elephants eat, measuring savanna trees, and asking questions about where animals go, and how they decide to do it. Elephant, zebra, buffalo, and other big mammals get thirsty just like we do, and they often have to travel a long way to reach water. My research focuses on how animals decide where to go to get a drink. Turns out it's much more complicated than carrying a water bottle or reaching for the tap!
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