Hi everyone, my name is Hannah Decker. I use the pronouns she/her. I am a first-year master’s student in the animal and poultry science department. I am originally from Boise, Idaho and completed my undergrad degree in Montana at a tiny, private liberal arts college. I received a B.A. in Anthrozoology. Anthrozoology is the study of human-animal interactions and relationships, so essentially it is the study of the human-animal bond. The reason I am at Virginia Tech is to start a citizen science program in Blacksburg and the surrounding areas. I will be teaching the community how to train their dogs to, hopefully, be conservation scent detection canines. Before a few weeks ago, I had never been to Virginia, but I look forward to exploring Blacksburg and this part of the country. During my free time, I train my service dog in training and enjoy walking around town. I look forward to getting to know everyone in the class and exploring the different avenues of diversity with you all.
The picture below is of me and a dog I trained in undergrad. She is now the first known archaeological scent detection canine.