The 2018 Robert M. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Eliot Berz, a graduate student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Eliot Berz is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and also works as the Avian Technician for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust in Chattanooga. Eliot is focused on evaluating the migratory pathways and stop over locations of the Louisiana Waterthrush and Worm-eating Warbler. He has received his BS degree from the University of the South at Sewanee in Environmental Science and Economics.

 TWRA Bird Conservation Coordinator, David Hanni, presents Eliot his scholarship check on the campus of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

TWRA Bird Conservation Coordinator, David Hanni, presents Eliot his scholarship check on the campus of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


 Tennessee River Gorge Trust avian and research technicians Eliot Berz, left, and Holland Youngman work to attach a geolocator to a Louisiana waterthrush after catching it along the Bee Branch tributary on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Signal Mountain, TN. - Photo by C.B. Schmelter

Tennessee River Gorge Trust avian and research technicians Eliot Berz, left, and Holland Youngman work to attach a geolocator to a Louisiana waterthrush after catching it along the Bee Branch tributary on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Signal Mountain, TN. - Photo by C.B. Schmelter

Eliot has a deep interest in avian research and conservation. He aspires to continue working in the conservation field to help protect avian habitat, educate the public, and make informed conservation decisions. He hopes to one day serve in a leadership role and participate in the greater effort to ensure we conserve our Earth's incredible resources.

 

The Robert M. Hatcher College Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. Donations are welcome and tax deductible and can be sent to: 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation
5000 Linbar Dr. Suite 275
Nashville, TN 37211.
 

Click here for more information or to donate to the Robert M. Hatcher Ornithological Scholarship Fund online.