Véronique Couttee is from the tropical island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. This is also where she started her journey as a conservation biologist and birder. Through a Fulbright scholarship, she left her small tropical paradise to embark on a master’s degree in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy at the University at Albany in New York. As a Dangermond Fellow based in upstate New York, she will work on mapping solutions with a focus on climate, coastal conservation, and bird-friendly communities. She hopes to learn a wide array of GIS tools that will empower historically marginalized communities in small island states. Moreover, she hopes her work will help address complex and transboundary environmental issues. Véronique is also thrilled at the prospect of connecting with and learning from the diverse network that Audubon has to offer.