Meet #ScienceWoman Roberta Hylton

Roberta Hylton BrandedCelebrate Women’s History Month with us! This year, we’re looking forward by honoring women across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and female conservationists who are making history in our agency and in conservation. With each #ScienceWoman, we’ll share a photo and a couple questions and answers about her work. Stay tuned for posts throughout the month!

Meet Roberta Hylton, the supervisor for our Southwestern Virginia Field Office in Abingdon. Her conservation hero, like many of our #ScienceWomen, is Rachel Carson.

Roberta studied quite a few topics, from wildlife and fisheries sciences and biology to Spanish and teaching English to speakers of other languages. She attended the University of Tennessee, Tennessee Technological University, Virginia Tech and Shenandoah University.

Roberta hiking the Virginia Creeper Trail. Photo courtesy of Roberta.

Roberta hiking the Virginia Creeper Trail. Photo courtesy of Roberta.

Q. How did you get interested in conservation? A. On a whim, I signed up for an undergraduate elective in geography called Land Surface Systems and Man, taught by Dr. Edwin Hammond. The course was so interesting that I asked Dr. Hammond to help me explore options for other courses that would expand on his course. His recommendations led me to major in wildlife and fisheries sciences and my career in conservation.

Q. If you could have one incredible animal adaptation, what would it be? A. I envy the ability of manatees, aquatic turtles and marine mammals to remain underwater for long periods. Who wouldn’t want to drift peacefully along the bottom of a river or float over a coral reef, free of cumbersome and imperfect diving gear? There is so much to be seen and explored in the aquatic world.

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