Anna Kottakis is a rising senior at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is double majoring in English and neuroscience. She became interested in conservation and wildlife during a gap year from college, during which she was an AmeriCorps service member in Sitka, Alaska. Upon her return to college, she started to pursue science writing more seriously by participating in Emory’s undergraduate neuroscience magazine, Grey Matters, as an artist, editor and writer. This summer, she plans to continue to develop her skills as a writer and contribute to Delta’s missions of science-based conservation and hunting advocacy.

In her free time, Anna is an ambassador for the Cairn Project, a non-profit dedicated to increasing equity and accessibility in wilderness activities and outdoor education. She’s also a volunteer research assistant for the Grady Trauma Project, an Atlanta-based clinical research study for PTSD. She enjoys swimming, traveling, watching documentaries and writing poetry or creative non-fiction. This summer, she’s living in Buffalo, New York, with her parents, younger siblings and two dogs.