Fanimal Interns

Charlotte Xia

Charlotte Xia is a freshman at Tufts University with intended majors in Environmental Studies and Quantitative Economics. She is originally from Shanghai, China, and currently stays in Medford, MA. Charlotte has a great passion for calligraphy, travel, environmental communication, and animal conservation. She loves to use artistic mediums, like animation videos, to convey environmental messages to the audience. She has made many short animation videos about endangered animals and environmental news. She has a cat named Michelle, a corgi named Billy, and a Bernese Mountain Dog called Summer at home.

Doug Rains

Doug graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Horticulture. While there, he assisted in research projects and was an intern in ways that helped wetlands and wildlife. He also went on two study-abroad trips to Central America to study biodiversity hotspots and innovations in sustainable forestry. Currently, Doug is at the University of North Carolina Wilmington pursuing a M.S. in Environmental Studies. Doug has two roommates: trained Border Collies, Tess and Kate. All together, they are employed part-time for a goose control company. Driving around town in the company “goose mobile”, Doug and the dogs work in tandem to convince Canada geese to leave areas, like runways and golf courses, where they and their babies are unsafe.

Emely Castillo

Emely Castillo is a senior at Georgia Gwinnett College. She is graduating in the summer of 2022 with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Biology. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places, especially nature trails full of wildlife to hike! Living in Georgia all her life, deers, rabbits, coyotes and chipmunks are always passing through her backyard, and it is always a sight she never gets tired of! Being born into a Caribbean family, she is no stranger to the ocean blue! Ever since she was little, she has been fascinated with deep sea fauna, and is eternally eager about new discoveries found along the Earth’s ocean floor! Emely is looking forward to working with Fanimal and is excited to learn and research new ways to shape our environments that will bring a healthier, greener future for all living beings!

Jordan Cox

Jordan Cox is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Culture and the Environment. Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, Jordan has always shared a love for the environment and wildlife. In particular, Jordan is passionate about wildlife conservation, environmental justice, and climate advocacy. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Jordan is planning on attending graduate school for environmental filmmaking or sustainability. She then plans to work in the environmental field, producing documentaries that draw attention to environmental and climate injustices. Jordan is super excited to be a part of Fanimal’s team and is looking forward to furthering this organization’s mission!

Juliette Uncovsky

Juliette Uncovsky is currently a student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas majoring in Environmental Studies. Juliette is passionate about sustainability, animal and wildlife conservation, and mitigating climate change. Juliette hopes to work to make businesses and corporations have more sustainable practices in her future. During her internship, she aspires to raise awareness and educate others on the importance of animals and the environment in the overall health of the planet. Her passion for the Environment began when she was young and enjoyed being in nature so much that she wanted to make sure it would stay protected amidst changing circumstances. In her free time, she loves to bake, spend time in nature, travel, and play with her orange cat, Benji.

Sophia Batman

Sophia is a senior environmental science and policy major with a concentration in global environmental change at The University of Maryland. She is an avid hiker and has completed portions of the Appalachian trail. Her love for the environment and animals has been fostered through her family pets and annual trips to Maine to immerse in nature. She is very excited to become a part of the Fanimal family during her 2022 summer internship experience.