The Bridge Program offers two tracks, depending on student preference and availability. Track 1: 15-week program for Conservation Research Assistants Conservation Research Assistants work as an apprentice across many concentrations including: • restoration conservation
• urban ecology
• animal husbandry (science of caring for animals)
• scientific illustration
• natural history
• biological monitoring of local, native, and reintroduced amphibians and reptiles For the first ten weeks, assistants rotate working in the captive propagation (breeding) and husbandry labs and other concentrations. Assistants may participate in educational or outreach events. The last five weeks are spent specializing in a field of interest and the semester ends with a research symposium and graduation. Assistants interested in continuing the program may repeat Track 1 or transfer to Track 2 as a Conservation Research Scholar. Track 2: One-year program for Conservation Research Scholars Like Conservation Research Assistants, the Conservation Research Scholars work as an apprentice across many conservation topics for the first fifteen weeks. Scholars, with their mentor, then design and implement their own mentored research project for the remainder of the year. Research studies will explore ecological, physiological, life-history, biomechanical, and scientifically interesting questions. It will also improve AF’s husbandry and conservation efforts and could be published in scientific literature.