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A voice for nature - Alumni Profiles
December 2012 Issue
The first degree was a tossup between English and science. But after three UGA diplomas it was quite clear Shelly Lakly chose science. “I’ve always been inspired by being outdoors,” Lakly says. “It’s how I find solace.” That inspiration drove Lakly (BS ’92, MS ’94, PhD ’99) to become executive director of the The Nature Conservancy in Florida. The road to the Sunshine State, however, wasn’t a direct route. She spent seven years working for Zoo Atlanta and traveled the world working as an ecologist and conservationist. “I did panda research in China, worked in Mongolia and worked with the Masai tribe in Kenya,” Lakly says. After these journeys, she worked for the Georgia chapter of The Nature Conservancy for four years and a year ago made the move to Florida to head the chapter there. The Nature Conservancy is the nation’s largest nonprofit conservation agency. And one year has given Lakly plenty of time to speak up for nature. One …
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