Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship recipient Rebecca Woods discusses the enriching experience of interacting with her DPDF colleagues from diverse disciplines and with diverse research interests within Animal Studies, as well as how she has maintained connections with those colleagues since her fellowship experience. Woods’ research focuses on the interplay between livestock and environment in North America, New Zealand, and Australia, and efforts to maintain populations of rare and “historic” livestock breeds. She is currently a doctoral candidate in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).