Javier Parra

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley



My name is Javier Parra and I was born and raised in Brownsville, a small town on the southern tip of Texas. I spend my free time doing things that help me relax. Things such as exercising, practicing yoga, or volunteering. I usually spend my weekends helping run a free community yoga class at our farmers' market and/or at a beach clean-up. I graduated in December 2017 from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a B.S. in Biology. Throughout my undergrad, I learned a lot about the uniqueness of the area I call home. Knowledge is power, but only if it is applied. Armed with the knowledge acquired in the university classroom, I chose to apply it by helping organisms native to the area. I spent the last year of my undergrad working at a research lab whose focus was to help save the endangered Ocelot. We collected data on the use of wildlife crossings underneath various highways by mammals and their success rates. My goal is to continue working in wildlife conservation, and this opportunity is the next step in that direction.