Megan, a Choctaw tribal member, began volunteering at the GSEH during her sophomore year in college at Oklahoma State University where she was completing a B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management and a minor in Zoology. She graduated in 2009 and in 2012 she earned her MBA in non-profit management.  In 2012, Megan had the opportunity to begin a PhD at IMG_0828Oklahoma State University. Her dissertation focused on developing conservation genomics tools for bald and golden eagles. These tools included an 88X coverage of the golden eagle genome as well as a custom chip that has 100,000 genetic markers (SNPs) for bald and golden eagles. She used these tools to begin evaluating the genetic variation of both species throughout their North American range.  Megan successfully completed all of the necessary requirements to graduate with her PhD in December 2017.  Megan has also passed the requirements to become a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator and is a member of the Raptor Research Foundation and the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association. Megan has now worked at the GSEH for 12 years, is the current Aviary Director, and is continuing to conduct research pertaining to the conservation of bald and golden eagles in collaboration with the Van Den Bussche Lab. To find out more about the research or Megan, visit