Amy Vedder is a great role model for me, and for all other women scientists. I am particularly interested in volunteering with the U.S. Peace Corps, and Amy Vedder went to Africa with the Peace Corps straight out of college. That’s amazing to me, and it shows total dedication to the world and to making the world a better place. She was a mother of two, and has a world famous career. Most women struggle to balance their career and their family life, but she did a perfectly fine job at both (her two sons are All-American lacrosse players). For over thirty years Amy Vedder has worked on conservation and preserving wildlife, and she still hasn’t stopped. She gives lectures all around the world about conservation methods and reasons why their so important. If I am half as productive as Amy Vedder I’ll be so proud of myself, and I know my family and friends will be too.
Amy Vedder is most famous for starting the Mountain Gorilla Project with her husband, Bill Weber. Originally the forest homes of the gorillas in Rwanda were going to be destroyed and turned into cattle grazing pastures. When Amy heard news of this, she immediately went to the Rwandan government and proposed a different plan. The plan was called the Mountain Gorilla Project and it was composed of three main ideas: increase protection of forests and gorilla habitats, inform and educate Rwandans about conservation, and bring in revenue by centralizing tourism around the gorillas. Here is a video of Bill Weber explaining the Mountain Gorilla Project-