Monica L. Bond, B.A. 1992

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Zurich, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies; also Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow at the Donana Biological Station – Seville, Spain

1992 Major: Biology

How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"My biology degree from Duke formed a solid foundation for my career as a wildlife biologist. My current research focus is demography and behavior of giraffes. I loved all of my biology courses at Duke, but in particular I found my animal diversity, plant diversity, ecology, and biological anthropology classes to be especially inspiring for my career. In addition, I did a senior thesis with John Terborgh (currently at the Nicholas School of the Environment) and it was a wonderful opportunity to complete a research project with such a world-renowned biologist. He will not remember me, but having him as an advisor was one of the key foundational aspects of my time at Duke. There is no doubt that my solid foundation in biology at Duke contributed to my current success as a wildlife biologist."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Biology programs? 

"Enjoy yourself and take advantage of all the "extras" that are offered in the biology program. Soak it all in!"

Monica L. Bond with giraffes