Katharine Thompson is a PhD. Candidate in Anthropology at Stony Brook University. She has a BS in Community, Environment and Development and BA Anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a MA in Anthropology from Stony Brook University. She visited Amani in 2011 with the School for Field Studies. There she began a collaboration with Amani Children’s Home to build an online international network to ensure publicity, fundraising, and sustainable growth for Amani. The Amani Foundation now provides managerial oversight and financial support at the request of the Children’s Home. As a medical anthropologist, Katharine works in Western Madagascar to study the driving socio-economic and cultural factors driving the hunting and consumption of endangered wildlife. She is the recipient of both Safina Center and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.