Recent Biostatistics alumnus Justin Baldwin awarded Fulbright grant for research in Colombia

University of Massachusetts Amherst Biostatistics alum Justin Baldwin '17

Justin Baldwin

May 31, 2017

A Fulbright U.S. Student grant will allow Biostatistics alumnus Justin Baldwin MS ’17 to travel to Cali, Colombia and research ecology related to birds and bats. The grant will cover Baldwin’s transportation costs to South America, and room and board while he works during the period of August 2017 through May of 2018.

“I will be conducting a mix of biological field work and teaching statistical computing workshops to young biologists. I'll be working with Dr. Gustavo Londoño at Universidad ICESI in Cali, who does natural-history based field work that sheds light on unknown aspects of bird ecology and links these data to patterns of species distributions,” he explains.

“I was very relieved and happy when I learned I would receive this grant. When I first went to Colombia in the summer of 2016 I quickly realized that this is the country I want to continue working in due to the unparalleled biological and cultural diversity and the extreme generosity and hospitality I encountered,” says Baldwin.

“I made up my mind to continue working there regardless of whether or not the Fulbright came through. When it did I felt like my dream of continuing work there was recognized,” he adds.